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Harrison, William B. (1811–1836)

Bill Groneman Biography Entry

William B. Harrison, Alamo defender and officer of the Alamo garrison, was born in Ohio in 1811. He was commanding officer of the company known as the Tennessee Mounted Volunteers, which included David Crockett. This company traveled to San Antonio de Béxar and the Alamo by way of Washington-on-the-Brazos, arriving on or about February 9, 1836. Harrison 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). Walter Lord, A Time to Stand (New York: Harper, 1961; 2d ed., Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1978). Phil Rosenthal and Bill Groneman, Roll Call at the Alamo (Fort Collins, Colorado: Old Army, 1985).

Time Periods:

  • Texas Revolution

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

Bill Groneman, “Harrison, William B.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed October 22, 2020, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/harrison-william-b.

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