James Butler Bonham

James Butler Bonham

Birth
Edgefield County, South Carolina, USA
Death 6 Mar 1836 (aged 29)
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Burial San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 8729679 · View Source
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Alamo Defender. In Alabama October 1835, he was organizing a volunteer company, the Mobile Grays, for support and service in Texas. He gave up his pratice of law, reached Texas in November 1835 and quickly involved himself in political and military affairs. On December 1, 1835, he wrote to Sam Houston from San Felipe volunteering his services for Texas and on December 20, 1835, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Texas cavalry. He and Houston quickly developed a mutual admiration and Houston recommended he be promoted to major. On January 19, 1836, he with James Bowie and arrived at the Alamo garrison. He was sent by Lieutenant Colonel Travis to obtain aid for the garrison at Bexar on February 16, 1836. He returned to the Alamo on March 3, bearing through the Mexican lines with a letter from Robert M. Williamson assuring Travis that help was on its way and urging him to hold out. Bonham died in the battle of the Alamo, while manning one of the cannons in the interior of the Alamo chapel. On December 18, 1938, the Texas Centennial Commission erected a statue of James Bonham on the courthouse square of the town of Bonham, named in his honor.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Daniel Gabehart
  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 8 May 2004
  • Find a Grave Memorial 8729679
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Butler Bonham (20 Feb 1807–6 Mar 1836), Find a Grave Memorial no. 8729679, citing The Alamo, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Daniel Gabehart (contributor 48115366) .