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Smith, Joshua G.

by R. H. Detrick, 1994

1808–6 Mar. 1836

Photograph of an artistic depiction of the Alamo, image taken 1910-1930.  Image includes a printed description of North Carolina's role in the defense of the Alamo in 1836.  Item H.19XX.328.65 from the collections of the North Carolina Museum of History. Joshua G. Smith, was born in North Carolina but moved to Bastrop, Tex., as a young man. He enlisted in the Texas army as a private and, in early 1836, accompanied a segment of the army to San Antonio de Béxar. Smith died during the defense of The Alamo. As a result of his sacrifice, his descendants received land grants in the Montgomery and Shelby land districts of Texas.





San Felipe de Austin, Telegraph and Texas Register, 24 Mar. 1836.

Amelia W. Williams, "A Critical Study of the Siege of The Alamo and the Personnel of Its Defenders," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 37 (1933–34).

Additional Resources:

"Smith, Joshua G." Texas State Historical Association. (accessed April 10, 2014).

Image Credits:

"Photograph [Painting of the Alamo], Accession #: H.19XX.328.65." 1910-1930. North Carolina Museum of History. (accessed April 10, 2014).