Collinsworth lead victory at 1st battle at Goliad
Texas Historical Marker for George Morse Collinsworth at Matagorda Cemetery.

   George Morse Collinsworth (Collingsworth), soldier, planter, and civil servant, was born in Mississippi in 1810. 
   He was living in Brazoria, in 1832, when he participated in the battle of Velasco.  
   In July of that year he was serving as secretary of the Brazoria Committee of Vigilance. 
   In early October 1835 he raised a company of infantry from among the planters around the lower Colorado for service in the Texas army.  
   With Benjamin Rush Milam, who had just returned to Texas after escaping from prison in Mexico, these men, numbering about fifty, captured the Mexican garrison at Goliad on October 9, 1835. 
   Their victory cut off communication between San Antonio, then in possession of Mexican forces, and the Gulf of Mexico and secured valuable arms and supplies. 
   At some time between October 10 and 17, 1835, Collinsworth left Goliad, either to recruit more men and gather supplies or to join the Texas army at San Antonio. 
   Philip Dimmitt was elected to take his place as commander at Goliad.  
   Critical reports about Dimmitt persuaded Stephen F. Austin to write him on November 18, demanding that he turn his command over to Collinsworth. 

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