Person:Galba Fuqua

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Galba Fuqua


Memorial plaque at the Alamo. Photo from rwethereyetmom.com
 Died Defending the Alamo

Born:March 9, 1819, Alabama
Died:March 6, 1836, San Antonio, Texas
Buried:The Alamo, Texas
Son of:Silas Fuqua


Notes:

•  Son of Silas Fuqua and Sally Taney Young - Ancestry.com

•  "He was of French Huguenot descent and was resident of Gonzales, Texas. He enrolled into the Gonzales Ranging Company of Mounted Volunteers on February 23, 1836, rode to the relief of the Alamo garrison with this group and arrived on March 1, 1836. He died five days later in the battle of the Alamo, three days short of his seventeenth birthday." - Find A Grave

•  Member of the Gonzales Relief Force to the Alamo and both died there in Mar 1836. - Ancestry.com

•  "The Gonzales Ranging Company of Mounted Volunteers company primarily consisted of family men from Gonzales and DeWitt's Colony, who had gathered when the call for support was issued. After receiving Travis's 'To the People of Texas and All Americans in the World' appeal on March 25, the Gonzales Rangers would leave the town of Gonzales on the evening of Saturday, February 27, led by commanding officer Lieutenant George C. Kimble and Captain Albert Martin, who had been the Alamo courier to deliver Travis's appeal at Gonzales. Of the 23 original members who were mustered into the Gonzales Ranger Company on the 23rd, a total of 12 are thought to have entered the Alamo with the final Relief Force on March 1 and all but one died there. Lockhart, Sowell, John William Smith and others would accompany the 32 Rangers into the Alamo and later depart, at night, as other couriers left.
     According to one account, a group of 25 men left Gonzales at two in the evening on the 27th. As they passed through Green Dewitt's Colony toward the Umphries Branch community and on to the Cibolo Creek, the company would gain 8 more members, increasing the company to 32 men. The youngest member of the Alamo defenders, William Philip King, only 16 years old, would become a part of this group. Due to family illness, he had substituted in his father's place. On the 29th, the group searched to find a way into the Alamo and through the Mexican lines. Then at three o'clock, in the early hours of March 1, they made a wild dash into the fort while being shot at by Alamo sentries. One man was slightly wounded and after a few rash words, the Alamo gates flew open for the Gonzales force to enter.
     The list of the 32 immortals are: Isaac G. Baker, John Cain, George Washington Cottle, David P. Cummings, Jacob Darst, John Davis, Squire Daymon (Damon), William Dearduff, Charles Despallier, William Fishbaugh, John Flanders, Dolphin Ward Floyd, Galba Fuqua, John E. Garvin, John E. Gaston, James George, Thomas J. Jackson, John Benjamin Kellogg II, Andrew Kent, George C. Kimble, William Philip King, Jonathan L. Lindley, Albert Martin [3], Jesse McCoy, Thomas R. Miller, Isaac Millsaps, George Neggan, Marcus L. Sewell, William Summers, George Washington Tumlinson, Robert White, Claiborne Wright.
     Although knowing their chance of survival was slim, the Gonzales Rangers remained in the Alamo, serving as possibly the only reinforcements to make it into the Alamo during the siege. The 1836 Gonzales Ranging Company of Mounted Volunteers would all perish in the battle of the Alamo. For their heroic effort to support the besieged and outnumbered Texians, they are remembered as the 'Immortal 32'" - Wikipedia

•  "Entered the Alamo on March 1. Original member of Gonzales Ranging Company. According to Susana Dickinson, Fuqua tried to give her a message during the battle, but his jaw had been broken and she could not understand him." - Alamo Defenders

•  Galba was only three days short of his seventeenth birthday when he died helping to defend the Alamo. - Ancestry.com


Related Links:
•  Alamo Defenders - On the list of defenders
•  Ancestry.com - Page owned by jsachererturner and can be viewed only with an Ancestry.com paid subscription.
•  Ashes - The Disposition of the Alamo Defenders' Ashes
•  Find A Grave - Page and bio created by "J-Cat" Griffith and photos added by Vicki Luoma
•  Photo - Are We There Yet Mom? Is one family's travel log with some nice pictures of the Alamo.
•  Texas State Historical Association - Short bio
•  The Immortal 32 Gonzales Rangers - Short bios for each of the 32 Gonzales Rangers
•  Wikipedia - 1836 Alamo relief force


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•  Silas Fuqua



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