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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Oct 2017 3:09 p.m. PST

"Daniel William Cloud wrote the letter below to his brother, John B. Cloud, addressed to Russellville (sic), Logan County, Ky. He was traveling to Texas to help with its fight for freedom and had stopped in Natchitoches, Louisiana and the letter is dated there December 26, 1835. (Natchitoches is pronounced NACK-uh-tish and is the oldest permenent settlement in that region of Louisiana.)

He traveled with his friend Peter James Bailey, also a lawyer from Logan County. Both men enlisted in the Volunteer Auxiliary Corps of Texas on January 14, 1836, at Nacogdoches, as did B. Archer M. Thomas, William Fauntleroy, and Joseph G. Washington, all of whom were from Logan County, Kentucky. The four joined Micajah Autry, and two others and traveled to San Antonio de Béxar and the Alamo. They arrived after February 11 and became members of the Tennessee Mounted Volunteers, commanded by William B. Harrison.

It is believed Daniel and James Bailey were joined there by other volunteers, including David Crockett, and they traveled on to Texas to join the defenders of the Alamo in San Antonio de Bexar. They all died either defending the Alamo or were executed after it fell March 6, 1836. The original of the letter was acquired by the Cloud Family Association and they donated it to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas in 1979. A copy of it now hangs in the Alamo. (A transcription of the letter may be seen below and in the Cloud Family Journal…"
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