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McDowell, William (1794–1836)

Bill Groneman Biography Entry

William McDowell, Alamo defender, son of Col. John McDowell of Kishacoquillas, Pennsylvania, was born at Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, in 1794. He left Tennessee for Texas in 1835 with John Purdy Reynolds. On January 14, 1836, McDowell was sworn into the Volunteer Auxiliary Corps of the Texas Army at Nacogdoches. He rode to San Antonio and the Alamo as a member of Capt. William B. Harrison's company, along with David Crockett, and arrived about February 9, 1836. McDowell 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). 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, “McDowell, William,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed October 25, 2020, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/mcdowell-william.

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