Esparza, Jose Maria 'Gregorio' b. February 25, 1802 d. March 6, 1836 Texas Independence Patriot. A defender of the Alamo, his son Enrique eyewitnessed the whole siege. When Generalissimo Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna and his army arrived in San Antonio, Jose Maria Esparza and his family were advised to take refuge in the Alamo, since they had been friendly with the Americans. Although Alamo commander William Barret Travis, through the influence of Jim Bowie, was allowing local citizens to leave the Alamo if they so desired, he elected to stay and fight, and his...[Read More] Milam Park*, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA Plot: [unmarked] *This location is unconfirmed or in dispute.
Milam, Benjamin Rush b. October 20, 1788 d. December 7, 1835 Soldier, colonizer and entrepreneur. As a member of the Kentucky militia, he fought for several months in the War of 1812. After moving to Texas in 1818, he engaged in trade with the Comanche Native Americans. In 1819, he began involvement in activities to help Mexico and Texas gain independence from Spain. He subsequently gained Mexican citizenship and became a colonel in the Mexican army in 1824. After Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna overthrew the representative government of Mexico and...[Read More] Milam Park, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA