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WARD, WILLIAM B. (1806–1836). William B. Ward, Alamo defender, was born in Ireland in 1806 and came to Texas by way of New Orleans. He served in the Alamo garrison as a sergeant. Prior to the Alamo siege, he gained a reputation for drunkenness in San Antonio de Béxar. When the Mexican army appeared on February 23, 1836, however, Ward was seen manning the artillery position at the Alamo's main gate, calm and sober, while the rest of the garrison retreated into the Alamo. Ward died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.  He is buried at Presidio la Bahia in Goliad, Texas.


Daughters of the American Revolution, The Alamo Heroes and Their Revolutionary Ancestors (San Antonio, 1976). Reuben M. Potter, "The Fall of the Alamo," Magazine of American History, January 1878; rpt., Hillsdale, New Jersey: Otterden, 1977).

Bill Groneman

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