The Man from the Alamo

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John Rees, soldier and freedom fighter, was a shadowy figure who surfaced during two crucial nineteenth-century revolts and then disappeared from history. For the first time, John Humphries reveals the fate of the man, first mentioned as a member of the New Orleans Greys, who fought for Texan Independence at the Alamo and narrowly escaped execution at the Goliad Mission. Later, he was one of the main agitators in the doomed Welsh Chartist movement before retreating to the American West. Rees' spectacular journey from the bloodied sands of Texas to the last armed uprising on British soil is only one of the stories told in this history book.
ISBN: 9781589803350
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
State: Texas
Images: 25
Pages: 324
Dimensions: 5.375 (w) x 8.5 (h)
A native of Newport, Wales, John Humphries grew up near the site of the Chartist Uprising of 1839. His fascination with this event, the last armed uprising on British soil, which ended in the massacre of twenty-two demonstrators outside Newport's Westgate Hotel, prompted him to write this book. His research sheds new light on the lives of John Rees and Zephaniah Williams, two of the more mysterious leaders of the revolt. John Rees also fought for Texan Independence at the Alamo and Goliad Mission. Educated at St. Julians High School, Mr. Humphries has been a professional journalist all his life, first in Wales, then as a foreign correspondant based in Brussels. As European bureau chief for thirteen Thompson daily newspapers, he travelled extensively, reporting on breaking news from all parts of the continent. After returning to Britain as London and city editor for Thompson Regional Newspapers, he was appointed editor of the Western Mail in Cardiff, the newspaper on which he began his career. John Humphries lives with his wife--and a very large garden--at Tredunnoc in the Usk Valley in Wales.
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