Capt. Charles Edward Travis, 26 year old son of the Alamo martyr, was charged on December 10, 1855 with “conduct unbecoming an officer” based on accusations of cheating at cards and unauthorized absences.
Travis was found guilty on all counts in a court-martial convened at Fort Mason and kicked out of the army. He asked Texas lawmakers to clear his name, and both chambers of the legislature passed a resolution calling upon President Pierce to reverse the verdict. Pierce refused, and Buck Travis’ boy died of tuberculosis at his sister’s Washington County home in 1860.