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Capt. J. W. Peacock, Texas Independence hero
Posted by: Colbert Coldwell (ID *****7805) Date: June 16, 2007 at 22:10:19
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My great great grandmother's brother, John William Peacock, was a captain of the Texas Volunteers, and was killed in the storming of Bexar (San Antonio, Texas) Dec 5-9, 1835. I have him as the son of John Peacock and Ann Woodward, born 10 May 1802 in MIdway, Liberty Co, Ga. and married to Frances (Fannie) H. White. I have it that he had two children, Ann who married Dick Williams, and Julius.
Texian Illiad, A Military History of the Texas Revolution, by Stephen L. Hardin, (University of Texas Press, Austin, 1994) names him at p. 79 as one of the captains of the volunteers, who answered the challenge, "Who will follow old Ben Milam into San Antonio?", after over a month of inconclusive siege. The fighting was a four day house-to house assault, that resulted in an estimated 150 Mexican casualties and the expelling of the Mexican Army under General Cos, Santa Ana's brother-in-law, from Texas. Col. Ben Milam and Capt. J. W. Peacock were the only deaths suffered by the victors. The Texians were only too happy to allow General Cos and his troops to retire to the interior of Mexico upon their pledge that they would not "in any way oppose the re-establishment of the Constitution of 1824." Cos and his troops broke this pledge when they returned with General/President Santa Ana and participated in the seige and extermination of the garrison of the Alamo, on the following 6 March 1836.
John William Peacock had probably been living with his relatives in Bell Buckle, Bedford County, Tennessee before coming to Texas. I do not know where or when he settled in Texas, or what became of his widow and two children. But he is every bit as much as a hero as any American who died at Bunker Hill, Yorktown, New Orleans, on either side at Gettysburg, Midway, the Bulge, Okinawa, or Porkchop Hill.
His name should be known by the public and honored. Who can tell me more about him and his descendants?


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