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Dewall, Lewis (1812–1836)

Bill Groneman Biography Entry

Lewis Dewall, Alamo defender, son of John Dewall, a New York City mason, was born in New York in 1812. By 1832 he lived at 51 Lewis Street in Manhattan, where he worked as an East River boatman. He left New York at a time when abolitionist riots and cholera epidemics were sweeping the city and immigrated to Texas. On October 26, 1835, he registered for a league of land on Harmon's Creek in Joseph Vehlein's colony; his name began to be recorded as Duel. His occupation in Texas is variously listed as blacksmith, plasterer, or mason. Dewall took part in the siege of Bexar and later served in the Alamo garrison as a member of Capt. Robert White's infantry company, the Bexar Guards. Dewall died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.

Daughters of the American Revolution, The Alamo Heroes and Their Revolutionary Ancestors (San Antonio, 1976). Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Muster Rolls of the Texas Revolution (Austin, 1986). Bill Groneman, Alamo Defenders (Austin: Eakin, 1990). John H. Jenkins, ed., The Papers of the Texas Revolution, 1835–1836 (10 vols., Austin: Presidial Press, 1973).

Time Periods:

  • Texas Revolution

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Bill Groneman, “Dewall, Lewis,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 24, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

December 1, 1994
June 25, 2019