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Hersee, William Daniel (1805–1836)

Bill Groneman Biography Entry

William Daniel Hersee, Alamo defender, was born in England in 1805 and subsequently lived in New York with a wife and four children. He traveled to Texas by way of Louisiana and was wounded in the siege of Bexar. He later served in the Alamo garrison and as a sergeant in Capt. William R. Carey's artillery company. It is not known if his wounds prevented him from taking an active part in the fighting, but Hersee died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836. See also TEXAS REVOLUTION.

Albert Curtis, Remember the Alamo Heroes (San Antonio: Clegg, 1961). 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). Walter Lord, A Time to Stand (New York: Harper, 1961; 2d ed., Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1978).


  • Peoples
  • English
  • Military
  • Soldiers

Time Periods:

  • Texas Revolution

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

Bill Groneman, “Hersee, William Daniel,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 24, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

January 1, 1995