The Man from the Alamo

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Pelican Publishing Company, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 322 pages

John Rees, soldier and freedom fighter, was a shadowy figure who surfaced during two crucial nineteenth-century revolts and then disappeared from history. For the first time, author John Humphries reveals the fate of the man, first mentioned as a member of the New Orleans Greys, who fought for Texan Independence at the Alamo and narrowly escaped execution at the Goliad Mission.

Later, Rees was one of the main agitators in the doomed Welsh Chartist movement. Twenty-two men died during the Chartist attack upon the Westgate Hotel when a detachment from the 45th Regiment of Foot, hidden behind the hotel's shuttered windows, discharged their muskets into the crowd. For waging war against the monarch, thirteen of the Chartist leaders were indicted for high treason in the last great show trial in British legal history, while Rees escaped back to the American West. Rees' spectacular journey from the bloodied sands of Texas to the last armed uprising on British soil is only one of the stories told in this book.

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About the author (2005)

John Humphries, a native of Newport, Wales, where the Chartist massacre occurred, was educated at St. Julians High School. He has been a professional journalist all his life, first in Wales, then as a foreign correspondant based in Brussels. After returning to Britain as London and city editor for Thompson Regional Newspapers, he was appointed editor of the Western Mail. He lives with his wife at Tredunnoc in the Usk Valley in Wales.

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