Spirit of Gonzales

Spirit of Gonzales

A Young Woman in the Texas Revolution

The story of a young pioneer girl who settled in Gonzales, Texas, just in time for the revolution. There is a spirit of vigor and courage in Texas. It inspired the early settlers, and it unified them during rough times. That spirit of determination rallied the men who defended the Alamo and fortified the volunteers who followed Sam Houston to San Jacinto. In 1831, Sydnie Gaston’s family had that spirit. Like many other families, they left the comforts of their home in the United States to brave the wilds in what was then Mexico. They settled in a village on the Guadalupe River and were soon swept up in the hardships of pioneer life. They overcame Indians and nature, and they helped to fight in a war against a deceitful government. Sydnie was one of many authentic women who fought for a better life in what became the Republic of Texas. And it all started with the Spirit of Gonzales.

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The story of a young girl who came to Gonzales, Texas, just in time for a revolution.

There is a spirit of vigor and courage in Texas. It inspired the early settlers, and it unified them when times got rough. That spirit of determination rallied the men who defended the Alamo and fortified the volunteers who followed Sam Houston to San Jacinto. In 1831 Sydnie Gaston’s family had that spirit. Like many other families, they left the comforts of their home in the United States to brave the wilds in what was then Mexico. They settled in a village on the Guadalupe River and were soon swept up in the hardships of pioneer life. They overcame Indians and nature, and they helped to fight in a war against a deceitful government. Sydnie was one of many authentic women who fought for a better life in what became the Republic of Texas. And it all started with the Spirit of Gonzales.

“Betsy Wagner has penned a poignant and gripping novel of a young Kentucky woman named Sydnie Gaston, who accompanied her family to homestead the undeveloped Mexican territory . . . Surely everyone who reads this book will become personally vested in the tragic loss of the Alamo and its brave defenders, and saddened at the grief of the loved ones they left behind in mortal fear of Santa Anna’s pursuing army. ” ~ James F. Humphries, Jr., Colonel, USAF (retired)

“This is the heart wrenching story of a young girl who comes to the Texas frontier with her family. They do not fully realize the extent of the hardships and dangers they will endure. The book tells the history of the Texas revolution in an interesting and personal way through the eyes of the girl who becomes a young woman. While reading, I kept thinking about my own pioneer ancestors.” ~ Linda Barfield, Alamo Couriers Chapter Daughters of the Republic of Texas

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Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Mary E. Wagner
Publication Year: 2019
ASIN: B07NK6HTM2
ISBN: 9780578438801
List Price: 15.00
eBook Price: 2.99
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About the Author
Written by Betsy Wagner

Betsy Wagner is a native Texan. She retired from public education in Texas after a career that also took her to schools in Louisiana, Hawaii, and Germany. She became interested in her family history after a discussion with her cousin, Steven, at a reunion. After years of research, Betsy created a story blending historical and fictional characters with events drawn from early Texas times. Today she lives with her husband in San Antonio, where she enjoys visiting with her son.

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