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Ross, Reuben (unknown–unknown)

Biography Entry

Reuben Ross, a native of Virginia, was a member of the GutiƩrrez-Magee expedition from May 1812 to June 16, 1813. At the battle of Rosillo on March 29, 1813, Ross and Samuel Kemper routed the Spanish forces by leading a furious charge. Ross became the senior Anglo-American officer with the expedition after Kemper's departure, but Ross himself left the army in June 1813. Some years later, while visiting Mexico in hope of getting remuneration for his services, he was killed by robbers. A nephew by the same name served in the Texas army from 1836 to 1839 and was in service under Antonio Canales Rosillo on the Rio Grande.

Julia Kathryn Garrett, Green Flag Over Texas: A Story of the Last Years of Spain in Texas (Austin: Pemberton Press, 1939). Harris Gaylord Warren, The Sword Was Their Passport: A History of American Filibustering in the Mexican Revolution (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1943).

Time Periods:

  • Spanish Texas
  • Texas Revolution

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

Anonymous, “Ross, Reuben,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed April 11, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

October 1, 1995

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