There is a great deal of talk about when one should stand his ground and fight. Louis Rose was known as a brave soldier before he found himself in a situation where he thought it best to pack up his guns and hit the road. Below is a short bio on Rose without any commentary or specific point even attempted to be made. Instead, I will let the reader try to put himself in Rose’s position in 1836 and decide for themselves how this fits in their belief system.
Louis (Moses) Rose, a soldier of fortune who escaped from the Alamo and contributed to its legends, was born on May 11, 1785, in Laferée,
He joined Napoleon's 101st Regiment in 1806 and eventually became a lieutenant.
In 1814 he was named to the French Legion of Honor for his role as aide-de-camp
to Gen. Jacques de Monfort. He served in campaigns in Ardennes, France Naples,
Portugal, and Spain as well as in the invasion of . Though
no one knows when or where he entered North America, he settled in Russia ,
about 1827. There he was employed as a log cutter and hauler at a sawmill owned
by John Durst and Frost Thorn and served as a messenger between Nacogdoches, Texas Nacogdoches and . He joined the Fredonian Rebellion in 1826 and took part in the
battle of Nacogdoches in 1832. Rose was a friend
of James Bowie and accompanied or followed him to
Louisiana Alamo in the fall of 1835. He fought in
the siege of Bexar that year.
Rose served the cause of
independence a fourth time during the siege of the Alamo.
He fought for ten days, up to three days before the fall of the fort, and then
escaped. He is the source of the story about William B. Travis's drawing a line in the dirt
with his sword. Rose got the nickname Moses because of his age at the time,
fifty-one. When asked, "Moses, why didn't you stay there in the Alamo with the others?" he invariably replied,
"By God, I wasn't ready to die." He was not the only survivor of the battle of the Alamo. Bowie and Travis sent out
numerous couriers, including Capt. Juan N. Seguín, to plead for reinforcements, and
other men left during an armistice that Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna declared. In 1907 Enrique Esparza reported, "Rose left after
this armistice had expired . . . [and] after Travis drew the line with his
sword. He was the only man who did not cross the line. Up to then, he had
fought as bravely as any man there . . . . Rose went out during the night. They
opened a window for him and let him go. The others who left before went out the
doors and in the daytime." William P. Zuber, whose parents took Rose in
after he left the Alamo, wrote of the escape. Rose went through enemy lines
west through San Antonio, then south down the San Antonio River about three
miles, then east through open prairie to the Guadalupe River, avoiding roads.
He arrived at the Zuber ranch in Grimes
County and stayed there for a while
before going on to Nacogdoches, where he
operated a butcher shop and acted as a witness for numerous heirs of Alamo defenders trying to get land for their service. In
1842 he moved to , where he lived with
Aaron Ferguson's family until his death. Rose, who never married, died in 1851.
His brother Isaac had several sons; in 1927 one of Isaac's descendants, Arthur
Rose, presented Moses Rose's gun to the Logansport,