COTTLE COUNTY was named in honor of Alamo defender George Washington Cottle (1811-1836). George Cottle came to Texas about 1829 settling in the Gonzales area where he requested land and received a league on the headwaters of the Lavaca River. Cottle married his cousin Eliza Cottle in 1830. The marriage was annulled in 1831. George and Eliza had one daughter. In 1835 he married Nancy Oliver. She bore him twin sons, born after the fall of the Alamo. Cottle fought in two battles during the Texas struggle for Independence, The Battle of Gonzales and The Alamo. George Cottle and 32 others from Gonzales under the command of Lt George Kimbell departed Gonzales for the Alamo in San Antonio de Baxer about 24 February 1836. Kimbell and the Gonzales 32 arrived at the Alamo on 1 March 1836, five days before the fall. Mexican Dictator, General Santa Anna, led a force of approximately 6,000 battle hardened troops. The Seige of The Alamo lasted for 13 days, as 183 Texans held the old run down mission, that we all know today as the Alamo. During the day of 6 March 1836 the Alamo fell to the forces of General Santa Anna. All 183 defenders of the Alamo perished. Mexicans causalities have been listed as high as 600 killed and 1600 wounded. The bodies of the Texans were piled high and burned as ordered by Santa anna, 6 March 1836. This thirteen days gave General Sam Houston time to gather the remainder of the Texas forces on the banks of the San Jacinto River where the final battle for Texas Independence took place. The Battle Cry, "Remember the Alamo" was heard as Sam Houston and the Texas Army defeated the Mexican Army.