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FRAZER, WILLIAM W.Private
AgeWadsworth's and
Duval's Companies.

Frazer's case was typical of the vagaries of volunteer service. On June 23, 1839, C. W. Buckley, at Houston, wrote Thos. G. Gordon of Columbus, Georgia:

"You will recollect that the two Frazers are marked as deserters on the muster rolls, notwithstanding they were both killed at Goliad. This is the salvation of their cases. They both belonged to Wadsworth's Company, and, consequently, entered the service for two years, or during the war ... They quarrelled with Wadsworth, and withdrew from his Company and attached themselves to Duval's, where they remained, performing all the duties required of them until the fatal massacre. Their withdrawing from the company of the former so exasperated him that he immediately reported them as deserters, and refused to transfer them in a manner that would have prevented any injury resulting to their rights by such a step ... I have examined the War Department files and find that both Frazers were reported by Duval on 26th January, 1836, having served one month and three days under Wadsworth previous thereto."  [Spoliation Claims, State Library.]
Gordon finally collected W. W. Frazer's pay for the period Dec. 21, 1835 to March 27, 1836, on the facts that Buckley had obtained. [CMSR, No. 9677.]
 


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NOTES FROM AN UNFINISHED STUDY OF FANNIN AND HIS MEN
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