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Dawn at the Alamo

Reuben M. Potter to McArdle, March 19, 1878

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Handbook of Texas article on Reuben M. Potter

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Potter to McArdle, March 1878

Brooklyn N.Y.

282 Franklin Ave.

March 19th - 1878.

My Dear Sir:

I received, a few days ago, your letter of

the 3d, which came by way of Fort Wood

and Fort Wadsworth. I had written to you,

about five days after the date of

yours, a letter inclosing a second carte de

visite, of date twelve years later than

the first which I sent to you! 

My communication to you was enclosed

in a packet addressed to Mr. Dixon.

            I was not aware until your letter infor-

med me, that Mrs. Dickenson (that was)

of Alamo fame, was still living. I do not

call to mind any of her statements, as re-

lated to me by others, except that of Evans's

attempt to fire the magazine. I at first

doubted, that if it happened, it could have

come under her eye, but for reasons given

in a note to the article I sent you.

I now view her witnessing of it as being

more probable. Still she could have seen

nothing which occurred outside of the

church, and perhaps not much that took

place inside. Travis's negro probably

saw much more, which he related to his

fellow survivor, and, in the confusion of mind

which followed the horrible scene, she may

blended what she heard of with

what she saw.

            No event was ever more likely to breed legends

than the events of the 6th of March 36, and

I have lately met with one that is new to me,

though you may have met with it; for it was

published in the Texas Almanac of 1873.

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