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Bejamin Milam was born October 20, 1788, in Frankfort Kentucky.  Milam had little formal education and was one of six children.  He served in the war of 1812.  After the war, he and a friend floated a shipment of flour down the Mississippi trying to earn a living.  When the market proved to be weak for flour he and his friend joined others who were attempting to sell flour in South America.  He eventually came back and began trading with the Comanches.  In 1819 Milam joined a group aiding Mexico and Texas in seeking their independence from Spain. He is best known for his part in the Texas revolution.  When the solders were going to give up their attempt to free San Antonio, he rallied many into fighting. On December 7, 1835 he was killed by a Mexican rifleman. 

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Benjamin Milam played a large role in the Texas Revolution after which Texas became a nation unto itself for some time.  He was born in Kentucky but had moved to Texas looking for trading opportunities and ended up meeting some very important people and joining the effort to help Mexico gain independence from Spain.

He was killed by enemy fire will working to take over the city of San Antonio, a battle which went on to become a great victory for the Texans and one that helped them a great deal on their road to independence.

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