David Crockett for LIBERTY

David Crockett (1786-1836)

Those of us who Love America and her promise, are not alone, currently or historically.

Tyrants have been trampling upon America’s Liberty for nearly 200 years !

WHY do I say that?

David Crockett 

Why did David Crockett go Texas?  Why did Colonel Crockett risk and sacrifice his life at the Alamo ?

I urge you to read Randall Tarin’s article hosted by Texas A&M University where I learned the following:

(I am starting when Crockett first volunteered for military service)

He began his military career in September of (1813), when he enlisted in the militia as a scout under Major Gibson in Winchester, Tennessee, to avenge an Indian attack on Fort Mimms, Alabama. On November 3, under Andrew Jackson, Crockett participated in the retributive massacre of the Indian town of Tallussahatchee. He returned home when his ninety-day enlistment for the Creek Indian War expired on the day before Christmas, and reenlisted on September 28, 1814, as a third sergeant in Capt. John Cowan’s company. He arrived on November 7, the day after Jackson took Pensacola, and spent his time trying to ferret out the British-trained Indians from the Florida swamps. After his discharge in 1815 as a fourth sergeant Crockett arrived home and found himself again a father.

Next, Crockett served various civil and militia positions: Justice of the Peace, Town Commissioner, Lieutenant, and Colonel in the Militias.

Crockett followed his civil and militia service with serving in the Tennessee Legislature in the 1821 and 1823 elections.  Crockett followed his state legislative experience with running for and being elected to serve, as a representative in the U.S. House of Representatives.   Crockett was elected in 1827 & 1829.

Then Crockett split with Andrew Jackson on Land Reform and the Indian Removal Bill.  Crockett was against the “Indian Removal Bill” which lead to the infamous “trail of tears”.

After opposing Jackson,  Crockett was defeated by the Jacksonians in the 1831 election.

In Crockett’s next campaign for the U.S. House, he was ANTI- JACKSON and lost a close election.

In 1835, shortly after losing the election to the Jacksonian candidate, Crockett uttered the famous words:

” Since you have chosen to elect a man with a timber toe to succeed me,

you may all go to hell and I will go to Texas.”

David Crockett, went to Texas and upon reaching San Augustine, signed an oath where he inserted the word Republican (not as in party, but as in govt.):

At San Augustine … Crockett and Patton signed the oath of allegiance, but only after Crockett insisted upon the insertion of the word “republican” in the document. They thus swore their allegiance to the “Provisional Government of Texas or any future republican Government that may be hereafter declared.” Crockett had balked at the possibility that he would be obliged to support some future government that might prove despotic.

Crockett later wrote to his family:

His last extant letter, written on January 9, 1836, was quite clear:

…I must say as to what I have seen of Texas it is the garden spot of the world. The best land and the best prospects for health I ever saw, and I do believe it is a fortune to any man to come here. There is a world of country here to settle. . . . I have taken the oath of government and have enrolled my name as a volunteer and will set out for the Rio Grand in a few days with the volunteers from the United States. But all volunteers is entitled to vote for a member of the convention or to be voted for, and I have but little doubt of being elected a member to form a constitution for this province. I am rejoiced at my fate. I had rather be in my present situation than to be elected to a seat in Congress for life.

In early February Crockett arrived at San Antonio de Béxar; Antonio López de Santa Anna arrived on February 20. On the one hand Crockett was still fighting Jackson. The Americans in Texas were split into two political factions that divided roughly into those supporting a conservative Whig philosophy and those supporting the administration. Crockett chose to join Col. William B. Travis, who had deliberately disregarded Sam Houston’s orders to withdraw from the Alamo, rather than support Houston, a Jackson sympathizer. What was more, he saw the future of an independent Texas as his future, and he loved a good fight.

Notice Crockett’s resolve and excitement in the opportunity to try and re-create Liberty, Freedom, and a new REPUBLIC.

Crockett died in battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.

Two different accounts of Crockett’s death are reported:

Crockett died on the outside, one of the earliest to fall. Joe, Travis’s slave and the only male Texan to survive the battle, reported seeing Crockett lying dead with slain Mexicans around him and stated that only one man, named Warner, surrendered to the Mexicans (Warner was taken to Santa Anna and promptly shot). When Peña’s eyewitness account was placed together with other corroborating documents, Crockett’s central part in the defense became clear. Travis had previously written that during the first bombardment Crockett was everywhere in the Alamo “animating the men to do their duty.” Other reports told of the deadly fire of his rifle that killed five Mexican gunners in succession, as they each attempted to fire a cannon bearing on the fort, and that he may have just missed Santa Anna, who thought himself out of range of all the defenders’ rifles.

The second (“modern”) account of Crockett’s death:  ( I personally discount this version, as “modern” “historians” have minimized Thomas Jefferson and our founder’s contributions to the enlightenment of man’s condition.)

Crockett and five or six others were captured when the Mexican troops took the Alamo at about six o’clock that morning, even though Santa Anna had ordered that no prisoners be taken. The general, infuriated when some of his officers brought the Americans before him to try to intercede for their lives, ordered them executed immediately. They were bayoneted and then shot. Crockett’s reputation and that of the other survivors was not, as some have suggested, sullied by their capture. Their dignity and bravery was, in fact, further underscored by Peña’s recounting that “these unfortunates died without complaining and without humiliating themselves before their torturers.”

Crockett laid his life on the line for a new hope.  He died fighting valiantly against insurmountable odds.

WHY ?

Crockett knew Andrew Jackson the man.  Crockett continually saw Jackson abuse his power while serving in the Military AND while serving in Government.  Crockett saw firsthand the trampling of American liberty by Jackson and his supporters.  Crockett realized he could never conquer such insurmountable odds personally when he “fought” for votes in the last election he competed in, and was still defeated by the Jacksonian candidate.  So Crockett set out for Texas in order to build a new hope with promise for his family.

Crockett was no amateur.  Crockett was a successful and experienced Officer who understood the probable outcome of the Alamo Battle.  Yet Crockett stayed and fought what he knew to be a sacrificial battle.

Crockett was a patriot who fought valiantly for LIBERTY.  

Today, our current state of affairs DID NOT happen on “our” watch.  NO, our current state of affairs began nearly 200 years ago with Andrew Jackson. I will explain in upcoming posts.

I hear others say, this loss of Liberty is our fault.  We didn’t do our duty. We allowed Liberty and America’s dreams to be stolen from us.

No we didn’t !

We ARE the first generation that can right America’s course !  We have an OPPORTUNITY that generations before DID NOT.  We now have the opportunity to learn and share, the wonders contained in our founding father’s design of America.  Don’t go away, I will show you why  ….

Thank you for reading, texas

9 thoughts on “David Crockett for LIBERTY

  1. They fought for the liberty to own slaves, B. Slavery had been outlawed in Mexico, and the American slaveowners were unhappy with the thought of having mix their own mint juleps.
    The Constitution of the Republic of Texas allowed slavery, allowed slaves to be brought into the republic, denied citizenship to Negroes and Indians, and forbade slaveowners from freeing their own slaves except by an act of the congress of the Republic.
    In Mexico, the Chilpancingo Constitution of 1814 had outlawed slavery and all racial, social and class distinctions; anyone born in Mexico was considered an American. Mexico outlawed slavery in the territory of Texas in 1829 as a means of discouraging American settlers.

    Crockett was brave, no doubt, he was a helluva fighter, but his whole life seemed to be dedicated to taking land from non-whites. Liberty was not the issue.

  2. Mel, if we follow your hypothesis, then one would have to assume Crockett’s opposition to President Jackson, Jackson’s “indian removal bill”, and the Jacksonians was just a personality conflict……

    Respectfully, you are wrong in your portrayal…
    A post on Jackson is forthcoming

  3. It’s ALWAYS about the issue of slavery with those who hate this country. I wish they would just move to wherever they feel they could live proudly so the rest of us can be proud of a nation that LEARNS FROM AND CORRECTS ITS MISTAKES!

    >:-/

    • I haven’t read anything that says Crockett owned slaves.

      Isn’t it ironic ? Those who despise our country’s greatness, always choose to bring the issue of slavery up. No other society fought for the “freedom” of others. No other society continues to fight for the freedom of others in foreign lands across the world. This lie that America is nothing more than modern day colonialism, is so TIRESOME.

      Sad, truly sad.

      What is telling about the modern day progressives, who are actually communists (as admitted by Woodrow Wilson), they support modern day slavery in refusing to secure America’s borders and refusing to bring the international drug cartels to justice, which allows them to operate freely within our country.

      http://www.mosaicservices.org/trafficking/index.php

  4. Neither of us hate the country, Joe. I happen to love it in spite of its faults. I just like for the truth to be part of the dialog, ya know?

    • Then YOU start telling the whole story. As it happens, you seldom even give the better parts of our history a nod. Instead, you chose to focus on the stains in our past. But I would argue that, taken on the whole, there isn’t another nation in the history of mankind that can stand next to the record this country has achieved. You should try honoring it sometimes rather than always trying to drag it down when someone else does what you will not.

  5. Now that you have given is a primer on Davis Crockett; perhaps you could do the same for James ” Jim” Bowie he was an interesting individual as well. Being a native Texan; ” you may all go to hell and I will go to Texas.”

    • Ross, I will do one on James Bowie, after I finish this group of posts. This piece is a part of a much larger essay I was writing. I realized i was WAY to large for one post, so I am re-writing the original essay into 3, maybe 4 essays.

      I started with David Crockett, because he is who brought me to my idea/ideal/realization.

      Crockett was born 1786, just before the Constitution was drafted and ratified. Crockett fought the British during the War of 1812. He is one of many Americans who helped carry the torch of Liberty and Freedom.

      I suggest, Crockett saw FIRSTHAND, in battle and in the halls of Congress; Jackson and his supporters were changing the course of America away from her founding principles. Why else would Crockett leave his family and friends behind and scout for an ENTIRE new life for his family?

      Crockett was nearly 50 when he journeys to Texas.
      Crockett arrives in Texas, sees the dream of liberty that has just been stolen in the United States, blossoming in Texas.

      Crockett understands what he has just encountered. Read his letter home showing how excited he was for a new Republic.

      I suggest Crockett knew where the US was going wrong and hoped he could prevent it in the new Republic because Crockett joins and never looks back. Crockett was NOT a suicidal jihadist.

      Crockett encountered something special, liberty, and liberty was blossoming in those few, special, kindred spirits.

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