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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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