Post by mjbrathwaite on May 1, 2017 21:29:25 GMT -5
Hi Klute, My knowledge of Crockett's life prior to the Alamo doesn't go much beyond the Disney film, and I don't know what accounts you've read. For what it's worth, James Donovan's "The Blood of Heroes" says (p. 161) that he signed the oath on January 12th with Will Patton and 66 other men, but he doesn't make the location clear. On page 160, he says Crockett had left Nacogdoches and gone to San Augustine, but he says it was only a small village, and I'm not sure whether he is saying the oath was signed there or not. On page 178, he says Crockett arrived at the Alamo "with a few of the Tennessee Mounted Volunteers" and that Harrison arrived a few days later.
Thanks for the reply. In James Atkins Shackford's "David Crockett", it is clear the signing took place in Nacogdoches. James Donovan doesn't make it at all clear, as you pointed out. I think you are right that Crockett probably made his own way to the Alamo, although, again, there seems to be some confusion about it...
In a letter from Forbes to Robinson ( Jenkins Papers of the Texas Revolution vol 3 page 496 we find the following: "Nacogdoches Jany 12, 1836...I have been very busily engaged in attending to numerous Volunteers from the states fifty two of whom will leave here tomorrow...I have had the honor of administering the oath of allegiance to them the celebrated David Crockett is of the number." Hope this is of some help.
Just as an addendum, this is just the start of your research because this letter does not state on what exact date Crockett took the oath except that it was before the 12th In Crockett's famous "among my friends" letter of January 9 he says he already took the oath. If you are really interested in this topic the best book to look at is Journey into the Land of Trials: The Story of Davy Crockett's Expedition to the Alamo by Manley Cobia.