Burr H. Duval
Burr Harrison Duval (1809–
March 27, 1836) was the commander of the KentuckyMustangs, First Regiment Volunteers, a group of Kentucky Long-riflemen formed in Bardstown, Kentuckyin November of 1835 during the Texas Revolution.
Burr H. Duval was the son of
William Pope Duvaland Nancy Hynes. He was born in 1809 in Bardstown. He attended school at St. Joseph's College in Bardstown.
After forming the Kentucky Mustangs, the group traveled to Texas to fight for independence from
Mexico. They arrived at Quintana, Texasin December of 1835. Duval and his company were put under the command of Colonel James Walker Fannin, with Duval given the rank of Captain.
The Mustangs, along with the five other companies under Fannin's command were in
Goliad, Texason March 14, 1836when they received ordered from Commander-in-Chief of the Texas Army Sam Houstonto retreat to Victoria, Texas. Fannin delayed the retreat from Presidio La Bahiain Goliad, waiting for reinforcements. Once it was learned that the reinforcements had been defeated on their way to Goliad, Colonel Fannin ordered the retreat. Captain Duval and his men began to retreat with the regiment, however, by the time the order came, the Mexican army under the command of José de Urrea had completely surrounded the town of Goliad. Duval and all of the men under Fannin's command were forced to surrender to the Mexican army on March 19, 1836.
A week following the surrender,
Antonio López de Santa Annaordered the execution of most of the men captured at Goliad. Burr H. Duval, and almost 400 other men captured at Goliad were executed on March 27, 1836. Colonel James Fannin was executed on the following day. The event is known as the Goliad Massacre.
Duval County, Texasis named after him.
William Pope Duvalwas the first territorial governor of Florida.
Two of his brothers also fought in the
Texas Revolution. His brother, John Crittenden Duval, was also captured at Goliad, however was spared from execution.
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