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Musselman, Robert (1805–1836)

Bill Groneman Biography Entry

Robert Musselman, Alamo defender, son of Peter Musselman of Shelby County, Ohio, was born in Ohio in 1805. He was a resident of Pennsylvania and served in the United States Army in the Seminole Indian War. While he was on active duty in Florida, his father died, leaving little or no inheritance. Instead of returning home, Musselman traveled to New Orleans and enlisted in the service of Texas as a sergeant in Capt. Thomas Breece's company of New Orleans Greys. He took part in the siege of Bexar and served in the Alamo garrison as a sergeant in Capt. William Blazeby's infantry company. Musselman 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).

Time Periods:

  • Texas Revolution

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

Bill Groneman, “Musselman, Robert,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 24, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

April 1, 1995