Guide to the Moses Austin Bryan letter to Col. W.W. Fontaine, January 10, 1890 MS 316
Moses Austin Bryan was born in Herculaneum, Missouri in 1817, the son of James Bryan and Emily Austin Bryan (sister of Stephen F. Austin). He moved to Texas in 1831 after his father's death. Bryan became Stephen F. Austin's secretary in 1835, served in the Texas army, and took part in the battle of San Jacinto. He was aide de camp and interpreter for Sam Houston and in 1839 was appointed by Mirabeau B. Lamar as secretar to the legation to the United States under Anson Jones. Bryan died Brenham in 1895.
This letter (10 January 1890) from Moses Austin Bryan letter to Col. W.W. Fontaine is in response to a series of questions concerning the revolutionary period in Texas history. Topics included General Houston's address to the army on the Salado, whether Houston had ordered Mosley Baker to to burn San Felipe, Deaf Smith's stress on the importance of destroying the bridge over Vince's Bayou to prevent reinforcements to Santa Anna, and plotting and faction at San Felipe.
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Moses Austin Bryan letter to W.W. Fontaine of January 10, 1890, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.
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