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Legends of Texas-Tom Green

Legends of Texas-Tom Green
Tom Green: Early Life and Education Tom Green was born in Virginia on June 8, 1814. His family soon moved to Tennessee, where he spent his childhood. Being that his father was an educated man, he saw to it that his son was also educated. Green attended Jackson College in Tennessee and Princeton College in Kentucky. He eventually graduated from the University of Tennessee. After graduating, he studied law under his father who was a Supreme Court judge in Tennessee. After a year of legal studies, he left Tennessee to join the Texans in their struggle for independence. When the 21-year old Tom Green arrived in Texas, he immediately enlisted in the Texas army at Nacogdoches, only a few months before the Battle of San Jacinto. He served under Thomas J. Rusk. At that historic battle, Green helped man one of the “Twin Sisters” artillery pieces. The Republic of Texas Years When the 21-year old Tom Green arrived in Texas, he immediately enlisted in the Texas army at Nacogdoches, as a private. He was considered part of the regular Texas army and took an oath of allegience to the Republic of Texas. With the Battle at San Jacinto ended the Texians rejoiced at the victory over both the Mexican army and the capture of the tyrant Santa Anna. Many of the Texas soldiers considered General Houston’s treatment of his captive too accommodating considering the ethnic cleansing he performed at Tampico, Goliad and the Alamo. Many of the Texians believed that Santa Anna needed to be executed for his crimes. Tom Green led a group of those volunteers on a mission to do something about the situation. While Santa Anna was being held aboard a vessel docked outside the city of Velasco, Green led a group in boarding the ship. Upon encountering Santa Anna, they placed manacles on him and led him ashore while threatening his execution. It was only through the direct intervention of Thomas Rusk and General Sam Houston that Santa Anna was returned to Republic of Texas officials. After the Velasco episode, Green returned to Tennessee. While in Tennessee, he received word that as a veteran of the Texas Independence War, he was entitled to land in Texas, so he returned to the Republic of Texas. Since he was one of the most educated men in Texas...