Military sites are often driven by male stories. However, it is vitally important to also shine a light on the women who helped shape the Alamo and Texas history. The stories of these women, who faced hardships with perseverance and capability, show how important their contributions were to the creation of Texas as we know it today.
The articles linked below tell the stories of some of these women. Each woman’s story is different, and each gives a glimpse into what life was like in Texas. Susanna Dickinson, Juana Gertrudis Navarro Alsbury, and Maria Gertrudis Navarro lived through traumatic events and lived to tell the tale. Peggy McCormick’s story shows us what it was like to be a widow having to survive on the frontier and provide for a family. Without the work of Clara Driscoll and Adina De Zavala, the Alamo might not have been preserved to be the Shrine of Texas Liberty.
Click on the links below to find out more about the lives of these women and their impact on Texas history:
- Susanna Dickinson, Battle of the Alamo Survivor
- Flag Makers of the Texas Revolution
- Peggy McCormick, To the Devil with Your Glorious History
Juana Gertrudis Navarro Alsbury and Maria Gertrudis Navarro: Eyewitnesses to the Alamo
Image above: Close up view of The Battle of San Jacinto by Henry Arthur McArdle, Prints and Photographs Collection, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.