These NH Heroes Shouldn't Be Forgotten on Alamo Anniversary
Everyone knows that Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie died in defense of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, on March 6, 1836. But, if you live in New Hampshire, there are three more names you should also know. Robert Cochran, John Flanders and Amos Pollard. They too died at the Alamo and all three had New Hampshire roots.
Robert E. Cochran was born in Pembroke, New Hampshire, in 1810. He likely lived in Boston and then in New Orleans before immigrating to Texas in 1835. Cochran took part in the siege of Bexar and later served in the Alamo garrison as a member of Capt. William R. Carey’s artillery company with a rank of private. He died at the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836. Cochran County, Texas, is named in his honor.
John Flanders was born in Salisbury, New Hampshire, in 1800. He was in business with his father until they argued over foreclosing on a mortgage held by a widow. Flanders was granted a passport in December 1832, left for Texas and never communicated with his family again. He settled in Gonzales and was part of the Ranging Company (militia) from Gonzales that rode to the relief of the Alamo. Flanders was one of the Immortal 32 who responded to the Col. William Barret Travis letter calling for aid for the Defenders of the Alamo. He entered the Alamo on March 1, 1836, with this company and died in the battle of the Alamo five days later. No one from his family claimed his land in Harris County (Houston is the county seat) that was granted to him for his service to Texas. It was sold by an attorney who retained the proceeds.
Amos Pollard, chief surgeon of the Alamo garrison, was born in Ashburnham, Massachusetts, in 1803. (Other sources say Surry, Cheshire County, New Hampshire). He was raised in Surry, New Hampshire, and graduated from the medical school of the Vermont Academy in Castleton, Vermont, in 1825. Pollard lived for a time in Greenbush, New York, and then spent the years 1825-34 practicing medicine at various locations in Manhattan. In 1834 Pollard traveled to Texas where he later went to San Antonio de Béxar as a private in Capt. John York's volunteer company. On October 23, 1835, he was appointed surgeon of the regiment by Stephen F. Austin. A portrait of him was done sometime before he moved to Texas. Besides Travis, Bowie, and Crockett, he is the only Alamo defender of whom a portrait was done from life. A copy of that portrait is on display in the Alamo.
On the 182nd anniversary of that pivotal event in the Texas Revolution, let's shine a light on New Hampshire’s unheralded contributions to an event that is an indelible part of American history and should be recognized as such with pride.