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    Almeron Dickinson Document Signed at Gonzales

    Almeron Dickinson Document Signed. One page, 7.5" x 6.75", Gonzales, Texas, December 27, 1835. Only two months before the thirteen-day siege at the Alamo began, Almeron Dickinson, an Alamo defender and the husband of survivor Susanna Dickinson, signs this document. In full as written, "One day after date I promise to pay Stephen Smith or bearrer forty one Dollars Dollars & 30 Cents for Value Recd. Gonzales December 27th 1835. Almeron Dickinson."

    Prior to moving to Texas, Almeron Dickinson (sometimes spelled Almaron) was a blacksmith and an artilleryman in the U.S. Army. In 1831, he and his wife Susanna moved to Gonzales, Texas, as colonists in DeWitt's Colony. Three months before signing this document, Dickinson fought in the first battle of the Texas Revolution at Gonzales. At that battle, the artilleryman was entrusted with the Gonzales cannon (the subject of the famous white flag bearing the taunt, "Come and Take It" stitched beneath the likenesses of a single star and cannon). On the morning of October 2, Dickinson, following orders, fired the small cannon at the Mexican force led by Francisco de Castaneda. That shot is traditionally known as the first shot of the Texas Revolution. Later at the Siege of Bexar, which lasted from October through early December 1835, Dickinson served as lieutenant of artillery. Then at the Alamo, accompanied by his wife and baby, Angelina, he was again in command of the Texian artillery. Early on March 6, 1836, he said goodbye to his family before being killed along with 189 other men when General Santa Anna's troops stormed the Texas mission. His wife and daughter, whom Santa Anna offered to adopt, survived and were released.

    Below Dickinson's signature are math equations. Docketing on the verso contains the signatures of three other important veterans of the Texas Revolution: Edmund Bellinger, William A. Matthews, and George W. Davis. This toned document has weakness at the folds and some separation at fold intersections.


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