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BLAZEBY, WILLIAM (1795–1836). William Blazeby, defender of the Alamo, was born in England in 1795. He traveled to Texas from New York by way of New Orleans as a second lieutenant in Capt. Thomas H. Breece's company of New Orleans Greys. Blazeby took part in the siege of Bexar and remained in Bexar afterward as captain and commander of the Greys under Lt. Col. James C. Neill. Blazeby died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.


Daughters of the American Revolution, The Alamo Heroes and Their Revolutionary Ancestors (San Antonio, 1976). Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Muster Rolls of the Texas Revolution (Austin, 1986). Bill Groneman, Alamo Defenders (Austin: Eakin, 1990). John H. Jenkins, ed., The Papers of the Texas Revolution, 1835–1836 (10 vols., Austin: Presidial Press, 1973).

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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Bill Groneman, "BLAZEBY, WILLIAM," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 26, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.