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Smith, Henry W. (1836-1869) Texas expects every man to do his duty... [calling for reinforcements at Alamo]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03230.01 Author/Creator: Smith, Henry W. (1836-1869) Place Written: San Felipe de Austin, Texas Type: Broadside Date: 28 February 1836 Pagination: 1 p. ; 22 x 14 cm. [attached to GLC03230.02]

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Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: AlamoLatin and South AmericaTexasAmerican WestMilitary HistoryMilitiaRecruitmentGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyBattle

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