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

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

  1. Kerry McCauley says:

    Bravo! Encore!

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  2. Ad rem says:

    May God forever bless these brave souls who fought so valiantly for the Alamo. May their spirit and sacrifice embolden us to do what we must to help shape the future of the United States for generations to come.

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  3. coldsnap says:

    We should all post our own red flags!

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  4. Didn’t the good guys lose the Alamo though?

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    • Rurik says:

      No. They bought time, which was their main purpose. The road to San Jacinto begins at the Alamo.

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      • Mike says:

        Hyperambitious 26 y.o. Travis didn’t set out to be a martyr. He was expecting 450 reinforcements from Goliad which unfortunately had their lives fumbled away by Fanin, murdered on orders of Santa Ana.

        Remeber the Alamo, remember Goliad, because the ahistorical La Raza types are no less dangerous.

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        • Mike says:

          The Texians considered 10 ill trained Mexicans, often peasants and convicts, vs one Anglo, indian fighting rifleman a fair fight and demonstrated this several times.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      It was a holding action, the defenders lost the battle but delayed Santa Anna from moving while he laid siege to the fort and then he had to replenish his supplies.and lick his wounds. The Alamo actively stalled Santa Anna for two weeks and managed to inflict heavily lopsided casualties to him in the process. The Mexican army that met Houston’s forces a few weeks later at San Jacinto couldn’t help but be effected by what happened at the Alamo – sometimes you have to lose a battle to win a war,

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      • keebler AC says:

        Good assessment. The important date is post-Super Tuesday, March 15th!

        The fatal volley was sent, March 1 was an X-Ray in time, some battles were lost, and the shots will reverberate through to the rest of the States now aware and waiting to obliterate the fiends!

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      • Col.(R) Ken says:

        Czar, much like the old doctrine of the ’70s in Germany. Active Defense. Trade space (land) for time. Extend your enemies LOCs, wear down his forces, conduct limited spoiling attacks.
        As General pulled back from New York, threw New Jersey to winter encampment in Valley Forge. The void left by Washington’s Army was filled by the New Jersey Militias. Farmer by day, Warriors by night. 4th Generation Warfare at its finest.
        Hope you are well, Czar!

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Great to hear from you, thought you’d gone AWOL. Yeah, the idea that the entire Bloc army would pour through the Fulda Gap and stop for beer and brats while NATO got its poop together and rushed to the defense. Of course they wouldn’t attack our WRM sites or assembly areas, allow us enough time assemble our US military and get it to those undamaged bases where we’d be able to assemble and counterattack. Oh yeah, and those many thousands of US military families that somehow had to be dealt with. Our military history is a wonder.

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  5. Borealis says:

    I’ve been to the Alamo on a visit to San Antonio a few years ago. We were hoping to move there. I also just borrowed the John Wayne movie (1960) about the Alamo for my viewing pleasure. It’s a very important piece of American history that all freedom lovers should remember. Travis and his men would be spinning in their graves considering how their sacrifice is mocked today by Republican and Democrat politicians.

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    • ThePatriot says:

      Yes, they are spinning in their graves. The Spirit of the Alamo THEN no longer exists in the hearts of Texans now. Sad, sad.

      I was hoping somehow that Trump’s uphill battle would echo in the hearts of Texans, but to no avail. The Spirit of the Alamo is gone…. a candle blow out by the dusty winds of 180 years of history.

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  6. Rurik says:

    The Alamo is more than a place, it is a state of mind. Do you have it?

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  7. Triumphant Trump says:

    Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it…B E N G H A Z I!

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    • georgiafl says:

      North American Union – globalism.

      Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio want to return and tie Texasl and US to Mexico, Cuba and Canada.

      Texans voted to do this yesterday – ON THE EVE OF TEXAS INDEPENDENCE DAY.

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  8. czarowniczy says:

    Do believe I have posted this before one of the last times you’ve made the Alamo posts. My father, a military lifer, first took me there in 1955 on a trip to Kelly AFB and I’ve been back every few years since. I’d suggest that the Alamo has the same significance to the US military that Masada does to the Israeli military; then again, giving the Alamo that status might now be considered culturally insensitive.

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    • Garrison Hall says:

      The San Antonio city government wants the Alamo to be associated with the UN as a World Heritage Site. If this happens the globalist UN will submerge the heroic defense of freedom at the Alamo by emphasizing a narrative that stresses diversity and colonial domination of indigenous peoples. It’s fascinating to me that such revisionist narratives ignore the fact that the most of the Alamo’s defenders were, in fact, tribal. Although not indigenous, most of the defenders of the Alamo were Scots Irish—Europe’s last barbarians come to America. This tribal element to the defense of the Alamo is never discussed but it was nonetheless a very important contributing factor to the battle itself.
      The Scots-Irish defenders were there because they liked to fight.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        I can’t waiy until the UN takes on such heritage site as the Rwanda killing fields. Then again, once the Moslem UNers figure out how to make the Holocaust a positive historical occurrence that was largely the Jew’s fault they’ll take over the camps, make the Heritage Sites and set up refreshment stands. Geez wonder which company will get the condiment concession.
        All considered, it would be hard to find a more brawlier group than what we call the Scots-Irish. Probably goes a long way to explaining the grossly disproportionate number of casualties they inflicted on Santa Anna.

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  9. keebler AC says:

    The sound of marching reinforcements in the next few weeks is a sight to behold!

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