Thirteen Days Of Glory: Day One, February 23, 1836

This series of articles is guest posted by Elvis Chupacabra!

The Alamo Siege

February 23, 1836:

General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna reaches San Antonio with a large body of his troops, mostly cavalry. Much of his assault infantry, engineer troops and siege artillery are strung out along the road back to the Rio Grande. Of these, many of his native troops, lightly dressed for the warmth of Mexico, have suffered in a late and particularly harsh winter storm along their hasty, forced march towards the rebellious province of Tejas.

Correctly assessing the situation, Col. William B. Travis sees this as the beginning of the Mexican investiture of the fortified Alamo mission and its grounds. He sends a dispatch to the town of Gonzales seeking assistance:

The Alamo Mission, Convent and Environs

“To any of the inhabitants of Texas. The enemy in large force is in sight. We want men and provisions. Send them to us. We have 150 men and are determined to defend the Alamo to the last. Give us assistance.”

Travis and Col. James “Jim” Bowie also send a dispatch to Col. Fannin in Goliad. It reads:

“We have removed all our men into the Alamo, where we will make such resistance as is due to our honour, and that of the country, until we can get assistance from you, which we expect you to forward immediately. In this extremity, we hope you will send us all the men you can spare promptly. We have one hundred and forty-six men, who are determined never to retreat. We have but little provisions, but enough to serve us till you and your men arrive. We deem it unnecessary to repeat to a brave officer, who knows his duty, that we call on him for assistance.”

"We have one hundred and forty-six men, who are determined never to retreat."

Santa Anna orders the red flag of “no quarter” flown from the San Fernando church, in clear view of the Alamo defenders. A regimental band begins to play the the ancient, haunting Deguello dirge. Travis fires his 18-pound cannon in exuberant, if futile, response.

With the morrow far from certain, the first long, dark, restless night of the Alamo siege begins…

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12 Responses to Thirteen Days Of Glory: Day One, February 23, 1836

  1. texan59 says:

    My hero from the Alamo.

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  2. zmalfoy says:

    I am looking forward to the rest of this series! Thanks, EC, for writing this for us.

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  3. WeeWeed says:

    Thanks, El!! And for “Deguello”…….it’s haunting. You just KNOW what’s coming….

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  4. barnslayer says:

    I remember this song from the John Wayne Alamo film…

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  5. ZurichMike says:

    from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure:

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  6. ZurichMike says:

    And let’s not forget how he proved he was in Texas:

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  7. Thanks, y’all… it’s my pleasure. It’s amazing to think that people from one end of this earth to the other are captivated by our own Thermopylae.

    If any of you get a chance, get over to San Antonio for the sunrise service held every March 6th. It was that sunrise that cast its golden light upon the abattoir that was the final battle. Good men from both sides lay dead as the last moments were played out in this unequal struggle that from its inception, could have only ended this way. As Santa Anna surveyed the carnage, he certainly understood Sir Arthur Wellesley’s words written of Waterloo, “Believe me, nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won.” It was a Pyrrhic victory, indeed…

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  8. Great post, Elvis C! Looking forward to the rest of the series. I’m reposting this link on my
    conservative Facebook Page PATRIOTS OF BUNKER HILL – direct link at:

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Patriots-of-Bunker-Hill/149687185049793

    We post today’s political news along with links talking about important events in American History.
    Last year we did a series on the Seige of the Alamo, and it was our most popular series of posts/clips. Expecting the same this year, and you got us off to a great start!!!

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    • Menagerie says:

      Thanks for stopping by, and for posting on Facebook. We hope you will stop back in and enjoy more of our offerings. Elvis is a very talented writer.

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      • Now that I found you guys, I will be stopping by often!

        You might also want to check out my recent DVD production about The Battle of Bunker Hill. It is the first in a series of DocuDramas aimed to present great events in American History in a positive, traditional light. You can view the Trailer and clips on our website at:

        http://www.bunkerhilldvd.com

        (similarities to Wayne’s THE ALAMO and Fess’s DAVY CROCKETT in music score and dialog is purely intentional!)

        Looking forward to more postings about the Thirteen Days to Glory!

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