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Smith, Charles S. (1806–1836)

Bill Groneman Biography Entry

Charles S. Smith, Alamo defender, son of Charles Somerset and Ann (Southern) Smith, was born in Maryland in 1806. He moved to Texas from Louisiana, enlisted in the service of Texas on October 10, 1835, and took part in the siege of Bexar as a member of Capt. Thomas F. L. Parrott's artillery company. He volunteered on December 14, 1835, to serve an additional four months and remained in Bexar as a member of Capt. William R. Carey's artillery company. Smith died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836. Col. James C. Neill later stated of Smith that he "served faithfully and fell in the Alamo."

Albert Curtis, Remember the Alamo Heroes (San Antonio: Clegg, 1961). 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, “Smith, Charles S.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 24, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

June 1, 1995