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Benjamin Rush Milam (1788 - 1835)

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Benjamin Rush (Ben) Milam
Born in Frankfort, Kentuckymap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in San Antonio, Republic of Texas (San Antonio, Texas)map
Profile last modified | Created 5 Oct 2016
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Ben Milam served for Kentucky in the War of 1812
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Who will go with old Ben Milam into San Antonio?

Ben was the fifth of the six children of Moses and Elizabeth Pattie (Boyd) Milam.

Ben had little or no formal schooling. He enlisted in the Kentucky militia and fought for several months in the War of 1812.

By 1818 Ben was trading on the Colorado River in the Province of Texas, New Spain (present day State of Texas).

Félix and Ben were imprisoned because they were planning an expedition to help the revolutionaries gain independence from Spain. Long was shot and killed by a guard under circumstances that convinced Milam that the killing was plotted by Trespalacios.

After 1832, Ben purchased a steamboat, the Alps, the first of its kind to pass through the Red River channel.

In 1835, Ben and the Governor of Coahuila y Texas, Mexico (Agustín Viesca), were captured and Ben (along with Viesca was/were imprisoned in Category: Monterrey, Nuevo León. Ben was able to escape and made his way into the former Province of Texas where he ran into George Collinsworth's soldiers.

Milam learned about the Texas Rebellion and joined them. He helped defeat the Mexicans at the Battle of Goliad. He continued on with soldiers marching into San Antonio.



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