Davy Crockett (Famous Figures of the American Frontier) by Daniel E. Harmon

By Daniel E. Harmon

The tale of America's most renowned frontiersman.

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New York: Chelsea, 1991. , and Carl R. Green. Davy Crockett: Defender of the Alamo. : Enslow, 1996. Shackford, James Atkins. David Crockett: The Man and the Legend. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1986. 62 I NDEX Alamo, 55, 56, 57, 58. , 43, 44, 45, 49, 51 West Point, 45 Whig Party, 47 Houston, Sam, 56, 58 Huntsman, Adam, 52 63 P ICTURE C REDITS page 3: Texas State Library and Archives Commission 6: Harry Ransome Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin 9: The Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library 14-15:Dave Bartuff/Corbis 16: Corbis 20: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution/Art Resource, NY 24: North Wind Picture Archives 28: Burstein Collection/Corbis 32: North Wind Picture Archives 35: Bettmann/Corbis 38: The Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library 45: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution/Art Resource, NY 46: Woolaroc Museum, Bartlesville, Oklahoma 48: Bettmann/Corbis 50-51: Hulton/Archive 53: The Everett Collection 54: Texas State Library and Archives Commission 55: Texas State Library and Archives Commission 58: Wolfgang Kaehler/Corbis Cover photo: Bettmann/Corbis DANIEL E.

T EXAS But the defenders were being slain and wounded, too, and they were running out of ammunition. For almost two weeks they held out grimly, hoping for reinforcements. But help never came. In a final assault, blue-coated soldiers with scaling ladders began to fight their way over the walls between the thinning ranks of Texans. On March 6, the last defender was killed and the Mexicans held the Alamo. Historians believe the hero from Tennessee was one of the last defenders to die. According to legend, his body was found among some 20 enemy corpses; his gun, Ol’ Betsy, was bloodied and broken from the final moments of hand-to-hand fighting.

He sent his young son after one group of dogs, while he ran after the other. He found the dogs had a twoyear-old bear down on the ground; without even firing his gun, Davy snatched out his butcher knife and thrust it into the bear. A few moments later, he heard a gunshot; his son had also killed a bear. While they were exchanging stories, they heard a dog begin to bark, and the other dogs took off. Davy and his son followed and found the biggest bear of all up in a tree. They shot and killed that bear as well.

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