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    Almeron Dickinson Land Purchase Signed "Almeron Dickinson" as witness. Two pages, 8" (width varies) x 12.25", partially printed, Gonzales, December 23, 1833, confirming that "Green Dewitt of the jurisdiction of Gonzales department of Bexar... in consideration of the sum of one hundred Dolars [sic]...hath granted, bargained and sold... unto...William W. Arrington...that parcel of land situated in the Town of Gonzales." Dickinson's signature is found at the very bottom of the verso on the right certifying "that the above is a true copy of the original." Right edge is unevenly torn and the left and top edges are chipped. Heavily dampstained throughout leading to fading of the majority of text, which remains entirely legible. Weakened folds.

    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.

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