By Ron J. Jackson,Lee Spencer White,Phil Collins
If we do in truth “remember the Alamo,” it truly is principally because of one one who witnessed the ultimate attack and survived: the commanding officer’s slave, a tender guy identified easily as Joe. What Joe observed because the Alamo fell, acknowledged days later to the Texas cupboard, has come right down to us in documents and newspaper experiences. yet who Joe used to be, the place he got here from, and what occurred to him have all remained mysterious beforehand. In a extraordinary feat of old detective paintings, authors Ron J. Jackson, Jr., and Lee Spencer White have totally restored this pivotal but elusive determine to his position within the American story.
The twenty-year-old Joe stood together with his grasp, Lieutenant Colonel Travis, opposed to the Mexican military within the early hours of March 6, 1836. After Travis fell, Joe watched the battle’s final moments from a hiding position. He used to be later taken first to Bexar and puzzled by means of Santa Anna in regards to the Texan military, after which to the progressive capitol, the place he gave his testimony with obtrusive candor.
With those few evidence in hand, Jackson and White searched via plantation ledgers, journals, memoirs, slave narratives, send logs, newspapers, letters, and courtroom files. Their decades-long attempt has published the description of Joe’s biography, along a few startling evidence: such a lot significantly, that Joe used to be the more youthful brother of the recognized escaped slave and abolitionist narrator William Wells Brown, in addition to the grandson of mythical trailblazer Daniel Boone. This e-book strains Joe’s tale from his start in Kentucky via his lifestyles in slavery—which, in a ugly irony, resumed after he took half within the Texans’ conflict for independence—to his eventual break out and disappearance into the shadows of history.
Joe, the Slave Who grew to become an Alamo Legend recovers a real American personality from obscurity and expands our view of occasions critical to the emergence of Texas.
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