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Juan Seguin, Oct.27,1806 - Aug. 27,1890, of all the patriots of the Texas Revolution, it was Juan Seguin who had the most trouble relationship with the land he helped to found. Over the course or a long lifetime Seguin served as a political and as a soldier for both Texas and mexico. And over the course of that lifetime, both Mexico and Texas would call him a brave man-- and a traitor. Seguin took action in 1835, forming a militia group with the purpose of marching to the aid of the Mexican…

Sam Houston - the only man in American History to be elected governor of two states, Tennessee and Texas; he was a citizen of four nations (United States, Cherokee, Mexico, Texas). He was General of the Texas revolutionary army; President of the Republic of Texas; and US Senator for Texas. A man of convictions, with his cane, he publicly beat the US Representative of Ohio on Pennsylvania Avenue for publicly maligning his reputation.

Sam Houston (1793-1863), first President of the Republic of Texas after defeating Mexico at the Battle of San Jacinto. Sam lived with the Cherokee Indians for awhile and learned to speak their language.

Erastus "Deaf" Smith Erastus "Deaf" Smith, born an American (1787-1837), is one of the most remembered revolutionary heroes who fought for Texas’s independence. Being one of the first to join the Texas Republican Army in Gonzalez, his contributions as a spy, scout, and soldier would influence the Battle of Concepcion, the renowned Grass Fight, and the Battle of San Jacinto. He would also be the man who General Houston trusted to confirm the fall of the Alamo.

Stephen F. Austin, ca. 1840. Stephen F. Austin played a very important role in Texas' independence from Mexico. He is often referred to as the "Father of Texas." This portrait is said to be painted by George Catlin, a famous painter of Native Americans and the Old West. Accession No. SRM1973-143, Star of the Republic Museum.

James "Jim" Bowie, a 19th-century American pioneer, soldier, smuggler, slave trader, and land speculator, played a prominent role in the Texas Revolution, culminating in his death at the Battle of the Alamo. Stories of him as a fighter and frontiersman, both real and fictitious, have made him a legendary figure in Texas history and a folk hero of American culture.

Day 13 of the siege ~ The Alamo has fallen. In remembrance of those who fought so bravely and paid the ultimate sacrifice,177 years ago today. Midnight. March 5, 1836. Santa Anna’s troops began to mobilize, silently moving towards their places to await the start of battle. Despite the orders to forgo overcoats, cloaks, and blankets, the men were instructed to lay on their stomachs on the cold, damp grass. For several hours, the soldiers lay on the ground in complete darkness. Although...