October 19, 2017

“I Shall Never Surrender or Retreat”

08 APRIL 1956
“I SHALL NEVER SURRENDER OR RETREAT”
ABILENE, TAYLOR COUNTY, TEXAS

Closeup of Marker

Closeup of Marker

“I SHALL NEVER SURRENDER OR RETREAT”
TRAVIS

EDWARD, JAMES, GEORGE,
SONS OF ANSON TAYLOR
DIED AT THE ALAMO
MARCH 6, 1836
TAYLOR COUNTY WAS NAMED
FOR THESE GALLANT MEN

ERECTED BY THE JOHN HUDNALL
CHAPTER OF THE
U.S. DAUGHTERS OF 1812
WITH THE CO-OPERATION
OF THE
TAYLOR COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS COURT
1955

One of the first projects of the John Hundall Chapter was to place a Historical Marker on the Courthouse grounds honoring the man for whom the County was named. Since no record had been left of the naming of the County when it was created on February 1, 1858 from parts of Bexar and Travis Counties, considerable research had to be done. The County was finally organized in 1878 and Abilene was made County seat about 1881.

In 1952, the John Hudnall Chapter went to work to get the County legally named. Chapter President Miss Tommie Clack and Chapter Historian Mrs. Dallas Scarborough presented a petition to Judge Reed Ingalsbe asking permission of the Commissioners Court of Taylor County to get the matter before the Texas Legislature, so that the County could be legally named for three Taylor brothers, sons of Anson Taylor of Liberty, TX, who had died in the Alamo. Senator Harley Sadler introduced the bill in the Senate, and Representative Truett Latimer in the House, and the bill passed, Thus Taylor County was legally named.

Mr. Lincoln Borglum, the famous sculptor of Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, was selected to design the monument. It is a trapezoid-shaped, pink granite marker with a bronze plaque in the shape of Texas mounted on the front center of the marker. In the center of the plaque is a bas-relief of three male figures standing behind a wall in the Alamo. The figures are portraits of Edward, James and George Taylor. The figure on the left stands facing the wall. In his proper left hand he holds a rifle, the barrel of the gun rests on the ground. The center figure is kneeling on his proper left knee. He also faces the wall, his torso turned slightly to his proper right. In his proper right hand he holds a rifle. The figure on the right is standing in proper left profile, facing the other two. He is loading a rifle. His proper right leg is propped up on a step. The granite marker stands on a concrete base.

The monument was dedicated April 8, 1956 and unveiled by Mrs. A. M. Ewing and Her sister, Mrs. Ira F. Muse of the Hudnall Chapter. It was presented to the Taylor County on the 75th Anniversary of its founding. This project was started in 1952 and completed in 1956, a truly remarkable achievement.

Old Taylor County Courthhouse

Old Taylor County Courthhouse