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Charles Edward Travis

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Birthplace: Claiborne, Monroe County, Alabama, United States
Death: Died in Washington County, Texas, United States
Place of Burial: Chappell Hill, Washington County, Texas, United States
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Son of Lt. Col. William B. Travis (commander Alamo regulars) and Rosanna E. Travis
Brother of Susan Isabella Travis

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About Charles Edward Travis

Birth: Aug. 9, 1829 Death: Dec. 8, 1860

Son of Col William Barrett Travis, hero and commander of the Alamo.

On March 5, 1836, a few days before the fall of the Alamo, the Commander of the Alamo, Col Travis, wrote a letter requesting that his little boy be taken care of if he were to die in defense of his country, the Republic of Texas.

Young Charles lived in New Orleans with his mother and stepfather, Dr. Samuel B. Cloud, after the death of his father, but later he moved to Brenham to live with his sister, Mrs. John (Susan Isabella) Travis Grissett. Charles became a member of the Texas bar and served in the Texas Legislature in 1853-1854. He served in the Texas Rangers at Fort Clark and then was commissioned a captain in the Second U.S. Cavalry in 1855. His period of service was short, and after enduring a court martial for card cheating, he was released from service in 1856. Although he fought to have his name cleared, he was unsuccessful. He studied law at Baylor University earning a degree in 1859. He returned to the home of his sister and died of tuberculosis.

Additional Bio provided by: Sherry (#47010546) 23 Dec 2011


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Parents:
 William Barret Travis (1809 - 1836)

Sibling:
  Susan Isabell Travis Grissett (1832 - 1868)*

Burial: Masonic Cemetery Chappell Hill Washington County Texas, USA


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Charles Edward Travis (1829–1860) was raised by his mother and her second husband. He won a seat in the Texas legislature in 1853. In 1855, he enlisted in the United States Army as a captain in a cavalry regiment (which was later renamed the 5th Cavalry Regiment (United States) commanded by Albert Sidney Johnston) but was discharged in May 1856 for "conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman," following an allegation that he had cheated at cards. He appealed the decision to no avail. He then turned to studying law, earning a degree from Baylor University in 1859. He died of consumption (tuberculosis) within a year and is buried beside his sister.


From the Texas State Historical Association

TRAVIS, CHARLES EDWARD (1829–1860). Charles Edward Travis, Texas Ranger, United States Army officer, and son of Rosanna (Cato) and William Barret Travis, was born in Alabama in 1829. After his father's death at the Alamo young Charles lived in New Orleans with his mother and stepfather, Dr. Samuel B. Cloud, but upon their deaths in 1848 moved to Brenham to live with his sister, Mrs. John (Susan Isabella) Grissett. After becoming a member of the Texas bar he was elected to the legislature to represent Caldwell and Hays counties in 1853–54. He served briefly as captain of Company E of the Texas Rangersqv, which was stationed at Fort Clark, and was commissioned captain in the Second United States Cavalry on March 5, 1855, and appointed to the command of Company H, which he recruited at Evansville, Indiana. On August 6, 1855, he reported with his new command at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, where Second Lt. Robert C. Wood, Jr., preferred charges of slander against him. On the march to Texas charges of cheating at cards and unauthorized absence from camp were brought against him. Eliza G. Johnston remarked in her diary that Travis was "a mean fellow...no one respects or believes a word [he] says," and on December 10, 1855, Col. Albert Sidney Johnston relieved him of command and placed him "under arrest in quarters." To a formal charge of "conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman," Travis pleaded not guilty. He retained H. M. Lewis as his counsel; as an attorney himself, however, Travis mainly handled his own defense. Capt. Eugene E. McLean of the Quartermaster Department was appointed judge advocate, and Lt. Col. Henry Bainbridge of the First Infantry served as president. The court-martial, which convened on March 15, 1856, at Fort Mason, proved one of the most sensational in Texas history with Colonel Johnston and many of Travis's fellow officers testifying against him. After almost a month of testimony and deliberation, Travis was found guilty of all three charges on April 11 and was dismissed from service on May 1, 1856.

Claiming that the graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point had discriminated against him as an appointee to the regiment from civilian life, Travis enlisted the assistance of the Texas legislature to help clear his name. A joint committee examined the testimony and recommended that he be publicly vindicated. On August 30, 1856, the legislature issued a joint resolution stating that "the sentence was not sustained by the testimony," and requesting that President Franklin Pierce reexamine the proceeding and reverse the findings of the court martial. When Pierce refused to reopen the case, Travis took the unwise step of attempting to force several of the officers who had testified against him to recant. This tactic led to a backlash of public sentiment against Travis, who thereupon returned to his sister's home in Washington County, where he died of consumption in 1860. William B. Travis's "little boy" was buried in the Masonic Cemetery at Chappell Hill.

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Charles Edward Travis's Timeline

1829
August 8, 1829
Claiborne, Monroe County, Alabama, United States
1860
1860
Age 30
Washington County, Texas, United States
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Chappell Hill, Washington County, Texas, United States