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The Fearless Fifty-Nine, Junius William Mottley

Junius William Mottley was the 24 year old Goliad representative. Mottley came to Texas sometime between 1833 and 1835. He attended the medical college of Transylvania University in Kentucky but the college has no record of him receiving his degree. However, upon coming to Texas, he soon became the appointed surgeon at Goliad. After he signed the Declaration, he rejoined the military forces at San Jacinto. There while serving as the aide-de-camp to Thomas J. Rusk, the secretary of War, he was mortally wounded. He died on the night of April 21, 1836, one of the nine Texans that died in the battle of San Jacinto. He was buried on the battlefield. His heirs could not be located so his donation certificate for military service was sold at auction.