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Last Reunion Old Texian Veterans - Goliad, Texas, April 21, 1906. From left to right: William P. Zuber, John W. Darlington, Asa C. Hill, Stephen F. Sparks, L. T. Lawlor, and Alphonso Steele. "I am near my ninety-third year, though my life seems short. All of my old comrades have passed away, and I, the last survivor, am yet spared. I give God the praise. - William P. Zuber 1913.

Almost 50 years later, a reunion of the veterans who fought at the Battle of San Jacinto. This photo was taken in Belton, Texas in 1883. It's fascinating not only for who it depicts but also for the scene itself. What I wouldn't give to be able to just walk right up and talk to one of these gentlemen for half an hour!

Erastus "Deaf" Smith Erastus "Deaf" Smith, born an American (1787-1837), is one of the most remembered revolutionary heroes who fought for Texas’s independence. Being one of the first to join the Texas Republican Army in Gonzalez, his contributions as a spy, scout, and soldier would influence the Battle of Concepcion, the renowned Grass Fight, and the Battle of San Jacinto. He would also be the man who General Houston trusted to confirm the fall of the Alamo.

Ann Whitney was a school teacher in Hamilton in 1867. During an Indian attack, Ann helped several students escape, and hid several others - saving their lives. Ann was killed in the attack, but she was a true Texas hero. Visit Hamilton to learn more about her and to see her grave.

Mary William Houston (Mollie) was born in Huntsville on April 9, 1850. Both Sam and Margaret Lea expected a boy. Sam Houston wrote to his wife from Washington: "Poor Sam, he will feel the apparent injustice.... This looks but little like giving him the six brothers, though it appears something like the six little sisters." Learn more at:

Francis Augustus Hamer "Frank" 1884-1955. Joined Texas Rangers in 1906. In 1908 he resigned from the Rangers and became City Marshal of Navasota, Texas, only to rejoin the Rangers in 1915.