DESPALLIER, CHARLES (1812–1836). Charles Despallier, Alamo defender, son of Caudida Despallier, was born in Louisiana in 1812 and lived in Rapides Parish. His older brother, Blaz Philippe Despallier, traveled to Texas and took part in the siege of Bexar but became ill and returned to Louisiana; soon thereafter Charles moved to Texas. He reached San Antonio de Béxar by mid-February 1836 and distinguished himself during the siege of the Alamo by sallying from the fort under fire to burn huts that were affording the Mexican army cover. His actions were praised by William B. Travis. Despallier left the Alamo sometime after February 25, 1836, as a courier. He returned with the Gonzales Ranging Company of Mounted Volunteers on March 1, 1836, and died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Bill Groneman, "DESPALLIER, CHARLES," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fde89), accessed May 24, 2013. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.