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Main, George Washington (1807–1836)

Bill Groneman Biography Entry

George Washington Main, Alamo defender and officer of the Alamo garrison, was born in Virginia in 1807. He took part in the siege of Bexar in 1835 and was severely wounded in the battle. He remained in Bexar as a second lieutenant in Capt. Robert White's infantry company, the Bexar Guards. It is unknown if Main was prevented by his wounds from playing an active role in the battle of the Alamo, in which he died 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, “Main, George Washington,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 24, 2021,

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April 1, 1995
November 30, 2019