John N. Seguin Letter to John Miller
Manuscript Collection: MC193
Juan N. Seguin was born in San Antonio, Texas, on October 27, 1806. He had little formal schooling but was encouraged by his parents, Juan José Marie Erasmo Seguin and Maria Josefa Becerra, to read and write. In 1828, Seguin was elected as alderman and served on various electoral boards before being elected alcalde in December 1833.
In 1835, Seguin began his military career in the Texas Army and was granted a captain’s commission in 1835. His company participated in the assault on Gen. Martín Perfecto de Cos’ army at San Antonio. He was at the Alamo when Antonio López de Santa Anna arrived, but was sent out as a courier prior to the fall of the Alamo. Seguin then organized a company that functioned as the rear guard of Sam Houston’s army at the battle of San Jacinto. Seguin accepted the Mexican surrender of San Antonio on June 4, 1836, and served as the city’s military commander through the fall of 1837. He resigned this commission upon election to the Texas Senate at the end of the year.
Seguin married Maria Gertrudis Flores de Abrego and had ten children. Juan N. Seguin died on August 27, 1890, in Nuevo Laredo; his remains were returned to Texas in 1974 and buried at Seguin, the town named in his honor, during ceremonies on July 4, 1976.
The John N. Seguin Letter to John Miller was written on October 31, 1836, and indicates John Miller attached himself to the corps under the command of Juan N. Seguin as Second Lieutenant, during the Texas Revolution. The letter was written at the headquarters in Lavaca, Texas, and is signed by John N. Seguin, Lieutenant Colonel, Commanding and Thomas Reece, Lieutenant, Commanding.
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[Identification of Item], John N. Seguin Letter to John Miller, MC193, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.
Gus A. Neuman, August 1941.
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