PETTUS, SAMUEL OVERTON
PETTUS, SAMUEL OVERTON (?–1836). Samuel Overton Pettus, victim in the Goliad Massacre, was born in Virginia and volunteered for service in the Texas Revolution by enlisting as a private in the First Company of the New Orleans Greys on October 22, 1835. His commander was Capt. Thomas Breece. He was elected first lieutenant on January 1, 1836. After James Walker Fannin, Jr., reorganized the unit into the San Antonio Greys at Goliad in mid-February 1836, Pettus became captain. He was wounded in the battle of Coleto, was left on the field for days like most of the Texan casualties after Fannin's surrender, and was among the last brought into Goliad by the Mexicans on the night of March 22. He was murdered with the rest of Fannin's command in the Goliad Massacre on March 27, 1836. His heirs received a total of 3,840 acres of Texas land by 1846 for his service and sacrifice.
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