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By Bartee Haile


After a two-week wait on the Gulf Coast, a company of Alabama volunteers organized and led by Dr. Jack Shackelford, was officially “accepted for service” in the army of the rebellion on Feb. 3, 1836

As soon as he heard that Anglo-American colonists in Mexico’s northernmost province had risen up against the repressive central government, Shackelford called a public meeting in the town of Courtland near the Tennessee state line. The respected physician and War of 1812 veteran asked who would join him in the fight for an independent Texas, and practically every able-bodied male in attendance, including the doctor’s son and two nephews, stepped forward.


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