HOLLIDAY, JOHN J.
HOLLIDAY, JOHN J. (?–1842). John J. Holliday, Tennessee Volunteer and survivor of the Goliad Massacre, traveled to Texas before December 1835, when he joined B. L. Lawrence's company of Tennessee Volunteers organized at Nacogdoches for service in the Texas Revolution. This company, with the Kentucky Volunteers under Burr H. Duval, composed the Kentucky Mustangs under James Walker Fannin at Goliad. Holliday escaped the Goliad Massacre by swimming the river and concealing himself until the departure of the Mexicans from the area. He rejoined the regular Texas army and on February 21, 1837, was listed as a first lieutenant in the Second Infantry Regiment. He was promoted to captain on March 6, 1837. Holliday was also a member of the Texan Santa Fe expedition. When that group was near the site of present Wichita Falls in August 1841, Holliday carved his name on a tree near the confluence of Holliday Creek and the Wichita River, a fact which resulted in the naming of Holliday Creek and the town of Holliday. After being taken as a prisoner to Mexico, he spent some months incarcerated there. He died aboard a ship in the Gulf of Mexico en route from Veracruz to Galveston in August 1842.
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