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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Book News: From Martin to Despallier by Ramus Dahlqvist

On February 25, 1836, just one day after sending his famous "Victory or Death" letter, Colonel William B. Travis sent another letter from the Alamo. He wrote to Major-General Sam Houston, Commander-in-Chief of the Texas Army, citing his men for bravery. He wrote: "Charles Despallier and Robert Brown gallantly sallied out and set fire to houses which afforded the enemy shelter, in the face of the enemy fire." Until now, young Charles remained but a name in the list of the Immortal 32.
From Martin to Despallier takes you on a journey through four hundred years of colonization, invasions, revolutions, and secret treaties. Charles never visited France, nor did his father Bernard ever see the shores of his ancestors' native land, the ancient region of Normandy.  Starting off as clerks and mariners in France, then colonists in Haiti, and military men in Louisiana, the Martins changed their surname. Now known as Despallier, they became rebels and U.S. frontiersmen, while their kin in France made it to the ranks of consuls and, eventually, generals. 
Dahlqvist's book tells the incredible story of men making careers in the Royal Navy and Army, in politics, and in justice. It is the first work ever describing the full and detailed family history of one of the men who died at the Alamo: Charles Despallier. 
Title From Martin to Despallier
Subtitle "The Story of a French Colonial Family" (1610-1914)
Author Rasmus Dahlqvist
Publ. Nov 2013, 438pp, Amazon/Barns&Noble/bookshops
ISBN 978-1493603251 

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