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GARVIN, JOHN E. (1809–1836). John E. Garvin, Alamo defender, was born in 1809. At the time of the Texas Revolution he was a resident of Gonzales. On December 14, 1835, he joined the Texas artillery under Lt. Col. James C. Neill at San Antonio de Béxar. It is possible that Garvin left for Gonzales and returned to the Alamo on March 1, 1836, with the relief force. He died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.


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). Bill Groneman, Alamo Defenders (Austin: Eakin, 1990).

Bill Groneman


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Bill Groneman, "GARVIN, JOHN E.," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 26, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.