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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
Info: 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 www.dahlqvist.be/Despallier.html