NOVEMBER 29, 1862

Stone, Ron
January 1984
Book of Texas Days;1984, p199
This is part of The Book of Texas Days, 1984, which chronicles important events and personalities in Texas history. Erastus Smith did not want to fight anybody. He came to Texas for his health and settled in San Antonio. His health returned, except for a constant hearing problem, and he married and raised a family. As the Mexican government became more and more repressive, and Smith's friends talked of war, the man they called "Deaf" remained neutral. He refused to take sides until that fateful day when the Mexican troops refused to let him enter San Antonio to visit his wife and children. "Deaf" Smith became a man possessed, and from that day on he was a scout or fighter at one revolutionary battle after the other. "Deaf" Smith died on November 30, 1837, only a year after he became a hero in the revolution he tried to avoid.


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