William Barret Travis and James Butler Bonham were born in what is now Saluda County. These two men fought and died at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. We will look back to their South Carolina roots and see how they found themselves becoming heroic defenders of the Alamo.
Bonham and Travis both practiced law and made stops in Alabama prior to arriving to Texas. Travis found himself in joint command of The Alamo in 1836 with Jim Bowie. Bonham was sent twice with dispatches for reinforcements and he when he returned the second time he knew that he was returning to his death. No reinforcements would arrive and The Alamo would fall to Santa Ana and the Mexican Army.