Walker, Asa (1813–1836)

By: Bill Groneman

Type: Biography

Published: August 1, 1995

Updated: February 12, 2019

Asa Walker, Alamo defender, was born in Tennessee in 1813. He moved to Texas in November of 1835 at the expense of his friend, William Washington Gant, settling at Nacogdoches. On November 28, 1835, he wrote a letter at Washington-on-the-Brazos to Gant, explaining why he had stolen his gun and overcoat, stating, ". . . the hurry of the moment and my want of means to do better are all the excuses I have." Walker took part in the siege of Bexar. He was either wounded in the battle or fell sick afterward. Col. James C. Neill's return of his men lists Walker as "in hospital." Walker served in the Alamo garrison as a member of Capt. Robert White's infantry company, the Bexar Guards. Walker died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836. He was a cousin of fellow Alamo defender Jacob Walker.

Daughters of the American Revolution, The Alamo Heroes and Their Revolutionary Ancestors (San Antonio, 1976). Walter Lord, A Time to Stand (New York: Harper, 1961; 2d ed., Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1978).

Time Periods:
  • Texas Revolution

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

Bill Groneman, “Walker, Asa,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 13, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/walker-asa.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

August 1, 1995
February 12, 2019