We are back from our trip to San Antonio this past Sunday through Tuesday. We stayed at the Emily Morgan hotel. It was very nice and so beautiful. Our room overlooked the courtyard of the Alamo. That gave us some chills thinking about the battle of the Alamo 175 years ago.
Emily D. West was a free woman of color who was born in New Haven, Ct. She signed on with James Morgan to be the housekeeper at his hotel. She took the name Morgan as many did who were indentured.
According to legend she caught the eye of Santa Anna, the Mexican general who won the battle of the Alamo. According to one source I've read in the past few days she was a Texian spy and had gotten word to Sam Houston's army about where Santa Anna was. The battle of San Jacinto, where Santa Anna was, only lasted between 18 and 45 minutes according to some sources. I'm wondering who had the stopwatch. After the battle of San Jacinto Emily West Morgan wanted to return to the US, and who could blame her. However, her papers showing she was a free woman had been lost at San Jacinto. She asked a Mr. Moreland to ask for a replacement passport for her to be able to return to New York. This time period was before the Civil War. The legend goes that she is "The Yellow Rose of Texas".
Will post some pictures when we get them downloaded from the camera.