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Nelson, Edward (1816–1836)

Bill Groneman Biography Entry

Edward Nelson, Alamo defender, son of William Nelson, was born in South Carolina in 1816. He joined the Texas army at San Antonio on November 26, 1835, and took part in the siege of Bexar as a member of Capt. John W. Peacock's artillery company. On January 1, 1836, Nelson became a member of Capt. John Chenoweth's company. Nelson may have been one of the volunteers who accompanied James Bowie to the Alamo in January 1836. He died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836, along with his older brother, George Nelson.

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). Gifford E. White, ed., The Lost Book of Harris County (Austin, 1968).

Time Periods:

  • Texas Revolution

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

Bill Groneman, “Nelson, Edward,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 09, 2021, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/nelson-edward.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

April 1, 1995

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