Dawn, March 6, 1836, Siege of the Alamo – Day 13

By Elvis Chupacabra

“The Siege of The Alamo” by Lajos Markos Reproduced with thanks to the Markos Estate

The old timers said that a dry, chill wind was blowing out of the northwest, right from the heart of the Commancheria, that dawn of March 6, 1836. It ripped the palls of black smoke billowing from the old Alamo mission into ragged tendrils and hurled them away, as if trying to clear the air of the sickly sweet smell of burning flesh and the acrid stench of gunpowder. By the time the sun broke above the horizon and cast a golden light over the old mission-turned-fortress, gunshots still sporadically rent the air, but the main sound was that of an enraged mob.

Near the old chapel, there was a tumult as isolated survivors trying to escape across the scrub were mercilessly pounced upon by the Mexican cavalry and savagely killed. Inside the compound, the soldatos, their blood lust and anger fed by the sight of men who’d killed so many of their compadres, pounced upon the unarmed wounded and able. Men trying to surrender were cut down. No quarter was shown.

As the last of the defenders were killed in the approaches to the chapel and inside the old chapel itself, it was the bayonet that did the work. With it, the enraged soldatos could work up close and savor the agony and torment of the men who, in the pre-dawn darkness, had poured a deadly cannonade and withering musket fire into their close-packed ranks. Many of the Texian defenders were tossed bodily upon the bayonets of several soldiers.

The Final Assault Plan

Even when all the defenders were dead, the soldatos’ rage continued unabated as the Texian bodies were desecrated, and every hiding space was checked for anyone left alive. The young son of one of the non-combatants hiding in the sacristy was shot when he stood up to place a blanket around his shoulders. Mexican officers quickly placed all non-combatants under their personal protection.

Soon, the officers and non-coms were called to take charge, but like the British regulars at Badajoz, they were immune to orders, exhortations or threats, even when His Excellency, General Santa Anna showed up to inspect his handiwork. Finally, buglers were summoned and after several calls of Retreat and Assembly, the uniformed mob began to respond. Now, only the awful cries of the Mexican wounded and dying could be heard. All the Texians fighters were dead. The Texian non-combatants – women, children and Negro slaves – who’d been hiding in the sacristy, were now prisoners of theMexican Army.

While General Santa Anna basked in his glorious victory, the poor soldatos and Zapadores (sappers), who’d paid the butcher’s bill, sat dazed in the glorious sunshine of the day they’d prayed they would live to see. Some of them clutched Rosaries, and tears of both grief and thanksgiving swept away the black powder residue from many faces. Their adrenalin was spent, their mettle in battle tested. Others were too numb to do anything except obey as their officers and non-coms, now in control, sought to turn the mob back into an army.

As that strange, post-battle gloom and quiet settled over the old mission compound, only the cries of the Mexican wounded and dying could be heard. Like all wounded, they were crying for their mothers, praying, cursing and begging for water. Always water. The first of the soldaderas – the solders’ “wives” – appeared, seeking their men. Their keening wails, agonized cries and shouts of relief spoke plaintively of whether their soldatos were dead, wounded or alive.

Flames consumed the long buildings across the side of the old mission compound – the so-called north barrack and Long Barracks – which had been taken only by room-to-room fighting and at a terrible cost. The rooms of the north barrack and the Long Barracks had been well prepared well in advance in the event the Mexicans breached the walls and gained entry. The Texians made the rooms formidable redoubts by trenching the floors and barricading the entrances with raw cowhides packed with earth. For a short time, the Texians had held out in these fortified rooms, exacting more casualties from the attackers.

As the Texians were swept off the crumbling old walls by the third Mexican assault of the pre-dawn attack, they neglected to spike their cannons, one of them a fine 18-pounder. These cannons were used by the Mexicans, used to great effect to assault the fortified barrack rooms.

The Mexicans turned the abandoned Texian cannons on the barricaded defenders. With cannon blast followed by a musket volley, the Mexican soldiers stormed the rooms. With sword, bayonet, knife, and fist the adversaries clashed. The trapped Texian defenders used every instrument at their disposal and fought like men who, knowing their death is certain, were resolved to exact the greatest toll possible in Mexican lives. In the darkened, smoke-filled rooms, it was hard to tell friend from foe, and historians have speculated that many Mexicans were undoubtedly killed and maimed by their own men.

Room by room, the Mexicans systematically took the north barrack and the Long Barracks. The Texian dead were invisible amongst the heaps of dead and wounded Mexicans. As the sun rose, the light began to pick out the soot-muted uniform colors of the various Mexican assault companies, mixed and entwined in death as they were in the confusing melee that swept over the Alamo compound.

The Alamo Defenders Ashes

The last resistance was in the chapel. Again, the Mexicans used captured cannon to blast apart the defenses of the entrance. James Bonham, Almaron Dickinson and Gregorio Esparza fired one last blast from their cannon into the onrushing attackers, then grabbed muskets but finally died under a fusillade of musketry or on the point of a Mexican bayonet.

The body of William Travis lay somewhere around the north wall, where he was killed firing his shotgun into the massed troops below early in the final assault. James Bowie died on his sickbed, and depending on which legend you believe, he either died too ill to raise his head or propped on a pillow with a brace of pistols and his famous knife.

One of Santa Anna’s officers records that the soldatos overwhelmed and captured a small group of defenders. His account states that David Crockett was among them. These prisoners were brought before Santa Anna and noting their valor in battle, General Castrillon asked for mercy on their behalf. Instead, Santa Anna answered with a “gesture of indignation” and ordered they be immediately executed. When grimy and exhausted officers who’d participated in the battle hesitated, His Excellency gestured to a group of nearby officers who’d taken no part in the assault. They immediately fell upon the helpless Texians with their swords. A Mexican officer wrote admiringly in his journal that: “Though tortured before they were killed, these unfortunates died without complaining and without humiliating themselves before their torturers.”

On Santa Anna’s orders, the Alcalde of San Antonio de Bexar, Francisco Ruiz, organized citizens to gather to gather firewood. The dead Texians and wood were stacked in alternating layers, forming three pyres, and at 5:00PM, these pyres were set ablaze.

That same dry, north wind, blowing from the heart of the Commancheria, fanned high the flames of those pyres, and embers floated into the darkening gloom. The fires burned, hot and bright, long into the next day, turning the mortal remains of the Alamo defenders into ashes. But from these pyres rose a flame of a different type, so powerful and hot as to ignite a hatred, a yearning for vengeance that would drive a rabble army beyond its endurance to a marshy place on the lower San Jacinto River. It was from this crucible, poured from the furnaces of stout and resolute hearts, that a new Republic was forged. Forged in the refiner’s fire of everlasting victory!

The Republic of Texas.

Victory or Death!

Related Articles:

The Alamo Survivors  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Texan_survivors_of_the_Battle_of_the_Alamo

The Alamo As A Pyrrhic Victory: The Mexican Experience In The Battle Of The Alamo http://www.lurj.org/article.php/vol1n2/alamo.xml

The Alamo Visitors’ Site (very good)  http://www.thealamo.org/visitors/overview.php

Cenotaph Of The Alamo Defenders

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63 Responses to Dawn, March 6, 1836, Siege of the Alamo – Day 13

  1. ZurichMike says:

    When I lived in Texas from 1982-1988, I remember going for the first time to the Alamo — very moving and treated so reverentially by visitors. I learned a lot and all of those street names back in Austin (I was in grad school, working, and then law school at the time) made more sense to me. Thanks for posting!

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    • Texas Fossil says:

      Yes, by all means Remember the Alamo. But more importantly Remember San Jacinto and 18 minutes of battle on April 21, 1836.

      The cry after that battle was “Me no Alamo, Me no Goliad”. (And also remember this was not racists, there were both Tejanos and Gringos at the Alamo and at San Jacinto fighting beside each other for Independence for an evil Dictator).

      I’m native Texan. One of my ancestors was born in the “Republic of Texas” (another fought in the revolutionary war). Outsiders never understand what being Texan is, it is only learned by experiencing being one.

      “Texas is not where you were born, but at Free State of Heart, Mind and Attitude” (Leave us alone to live our lives in peace and we will get along fine, if that is not satisfactory, we’ll deal with it.)

      This is not a political bond, it is a cultural bond brought about by overcoming the forces of evil who try to divide all men. Love of freedom is not easily explained. But it exists.

      It is also true with the love of these United States.

      One of my favorite articles about that:

      “Born American, but in the wrong place”

      http://ashbrook.org/publications/onprin-special-schramm/

      So here we are, it is our duty to defeats the forces of evil who would divide and conquer this nation. That duty is again on the shoulders of the citizens of this great nation.

      May God give us the wisdom to separate the truth from the lies. And grand use leaders who will perform the necessary surgery in DC so the nation can survive and prosper.

      God Bless Texas, God Bless the US, God bless your family and mine.

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    • Texas Fossil says:

      sorry about the 2 minor typos. Must learn to write in an editor and copy and paste post after reviewing.

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  2. jerrydon10 says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed that read…..Thank you for the well written piece.

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  4. Mike says:

    In 5th grade, sometime in March 1960s, our class went to see the “The Alamo” (1960) , overdramatized and romanticized, it’s a hybrid between Hollywood and John Wayne.

    I loved these songs from the movie”
    The Green Leaves of Summer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njKLdjloQ9k
    The Ballad of the Alamo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eyu3OIn5A00 (Bobby Darin’s cover)

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  5. A very moving read. Thank you, WeeWeed!

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  6. Big Jake says:

    I love being a Texan. Born and raised. They will never find the likes of us again in this world, I tell you.

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  7. amwick says:

    Back in May of 2011 my husband and I did our epic journey, a long car trip around the United States. We didn’t exactly plan a stop in San Antonio, but it turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip. The Alamo was chilling, the city of San Antonio is awesome. Texas overall was wonderful. I only wish we had spent more time there. Thanks Wee Weed and Elvis for bringing back some great memories. PS San Antonio is on the top of our list for a return visit.

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  8. Texas was under rule of 200,000 Native Americans and never Spain or Mexico. On April 21, 1836 Texas won Independence from tyrannt Santa Anna. On April 19, 1881 there was the final Apache massacre in Texas. Texas had over a million people, San Antonio had electric lights, telephone service to New York and rail service to Dallas and Houston. The massacre occurred fifty miles away.

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    • georgiafl says:

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      • joshua says:

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        • joshua says:

          Well, I AM a duly appointed Admiral of the Texas Navy, having been appointed in 1968 by the Governor, and granted all rank and privileges thereto.

          In the language of a Texas Senator, “I should like to point out,” that it is NOT easy to be an Admiral in the Texas Navy today, as we have very little flotilla or fighting craft and what we have is now part of the US Coast Guard or the US Border Patrol Guard. I can however water ski on a single ski. We Texas Navy Folk are a proud group clinging to our inner tubes and kindles and found oft whistling the music to “Will You Come to the Bower” which was Sam Houston’s favorite song and played marching to San Jacinto for the final battle of the Texas/Mexican war. However, it would seem that this was maybe the ONLY song that Sam Houston knew at the time anyway.

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          • CeliaHayes says:

            Never mind it being Sam Houston’s favorite song — likely it was the only one that the guys playing it as they advanced across the open meadow all knew!

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            • joshua says:

              it was necessary for loading a musket to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time, had they had gum other than sweetgum rosin to chew on…or a chunk of beef jerky.

              I suspect that the Texians were both tone deaf as well as unable to march in step to a cadence anyway being unclear as to which was a right or left foot….yet, boredom does cause a bunch of rowdies to consider mischief and rough housing..thus music…(there was no one to read to them from Dr. Seuss or the Constitution of the USA as one was not born yet and the other had no perceived relevance anyway)

              ..Sam Houston was usually too drunk to know the music anyway….but we consider him a SERIOUS HERO to our State nonetheless. Prohibition was a laughing matter in the State. Heck, Tequila as made in those days was not a laughing matter either. (there were more worms in the food than in the booze as well)

              REMEMBER THE ALAMO….REMEMBER GOLIAD….HUZZAH FOR SAN JACINTO

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    • Helen says:

      Wikipedia discussing Spanish and Mexican rule of Texas: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_Texas

      I am multigenerational Texan with Commanche blood, Texas Irish, Texas German, etc. We assimilated. I was just watching Anthony Bourdain’ show, this time on foods of Mexico. He found original food in Oaxaca before they were invaded by Aztecs then Spain. He ate original Oaxaca food that is nothing like you would see in most of Mexico, TexMex, or other border state. Are you mad at the Aztecs as well?

      I am unsure of your point of the massacre in 1881 of Apaches. Can we have a source? Were Apaches attacking the Texans first? And what does it have to do with electric lights and telephones?

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  9. georgiafl says:

    Poignant, beautifully written. The description is so vivid and narrative so powerful, I could hear the cries, smell the gunpowder and blood…even more real than when I saw the movie and visited the Alamo as a child. The brave men, Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett are true heroes of the past.

    Texas and America still makes their kind. We read about them serving in our military, and see them return broken, still brave with new, tougher lifelong battles to fight…some poorly cared for and disrespected by the system that sent them to fight for our country’s sometimes nebulous, even ignominious, possibly nefarious, motives and interests. The motives of our leaders does not dim or diminish the heroism of our warriors or the value of their human lives and blood.

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    Remember the Alamo!

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    • georgiafl says:

      Dear Wee Weed,

      There was no prior warning here or on any of the other segments of the Alamo/Texas Independence story not to correlate the obvious symbolism of the story of the Alamo to current political events.

      May Joshua and I post our complete comments on the Presidential discussion thread?
      I will not do so unless you give permission.

      Please know I am grateful for CTH and the hard work of everyone involved in making this the best political blog on the internet.

      Kindest and best regards, GF

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      • WeeWeed says:

        Why bother posting a thread on a particular subject if we veer off into the political discussion (for which there are several threads?) I’d prefer that we enjoy Elvis’ work as it is written without our daily political back and forth.
        Thanks, all, for your understanding.

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      • georgiafl says:

        I just realized even this note was a violation and that I should have just sent a private note to the CTH email address. My apologies to Elvis and Wee Weed.

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  10. moe2004 says:

    What a great read, thank you. My husband and I visited the Alamo just three weeks ago, we spent hours there, San Antonio is a wonderful city.

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  11. joshua says:

    Texas…..do not put beans in the chili, open the door for ladies, and do not wear ostrich skin boots.

    smile a lot, tolerate what you chose, and don’t get messed with without making a strong stand.

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  12. CeliaHayes says:

    A bit of the aftermath – as Paul Harvey used to say: the Alamo presidio continued being a military establishment for decades after the War of Independence, although it was occupied again by a Mexican Army commanded by General Woll for about a week in 1842. Full story here —
    http://www.celiahayes.com/archives/323

    The Alamo was the headquarters for the US Federal Army in the south-west; the plaza in front of it became a wagon yard, the logistics center, and a staging point for supply trains being dispersed to Army forts all over the southwest. The chapel, the long barracks and the remaining buildings continued so, after the Civil War. There are stories of skeletons found from the 1836 battle found during renovations during those years, and I wonder if the soldiers and contractors working in them didn’t sometimes think the place was haunted. By 1876, the town of San Antonio itself had grown up around the Alamo precincts and it was too small and cramped to continue serving as the logistics center, and the town fathers offered the Army a generous quantity of land in the hilly open country to the north and east of San Antonio. This was For Sam Houston – the Army built the Quadrangle – bigger, better and more modern than the cramped little presidio. Fort Sam remained the HQ for the southwest, though. Every officer of note in the first and second world wars passed through there at some time or other. I’ve been told that if Fort Sam is ever closed and reverts back to the possession of the city of San Antonio, the number of historical buildings in San Antonio will double … instantly.

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  13. SouthCentralPA says:

    Because we had a Captain who was a Texan, a lady sent us a Texas-shaped fruitcake (I wasnt to say it was Gladys’, but don’t hold me to that) during the original Gulf War. As he was cutting it, he remarked “It’s a good thing that ol’ gal didn’t know we had a ship named San Jacinto in our battlegroup, or else they’d be eating this cake. That’s kin’ a’ important to us Texans…” Wait, when did that become almost 25 years ago…?

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    • joshua says:

      Most TEXAS households OWN a Texas Shaped Bundt Pan for baking cakes and molding jello in the shape of our beloved State…..some folks refuse to eat the top part panhandle as it is too close to Oklahoma and New Mexico and Arizona and Colorado and likely not as tasty as the more civilized part of the concoctions….

      None of us own a New York shaped anything, however. jes sayin’

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  14. Cliff says:

    Freedom is a very precious thing..It is bought with the highest cost of courage, blood and honor..The cause for freedom is in the heart of every true american..Liberty must not be looked at with indifference but with a grateful and reverent heart. As one generation builds on the next we need to remember what those did before us. All that appreciate Liberty must never give in or up our right to live free.
    Politics be damed…

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  15. holydiver505 says:

    Pure fantasy but still awesome. “Liberty and independence forever!!”.

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    • joshua says:

      No actual heterosexual male Texan or participant in the Texas War of Independence even a Tennessee transplant like Crockett, EVER wore a cap made out of a dead raccoon…..Clearly a product of myth and Hollywood…but Fes Parker got a lot of “coonskin caps” sold to the kids and tourists who paid good money to look kinda like a candidate for the Presidency on top of the head, and had to learn to sing
      “Davy….Davy Crockett….King of the Wild Frontier” which is right up there with a Pee Wee Herman concocted meme….

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  16. lizzieintexas says:

    Texs Tenors

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  17. I am a native Texan who still resides in North Texas. I awoke this morning and the first thing I said to my wife….”the Alamo has fallen…..180 years ago”……I grew up with the Alamo stories in elementary, junior and high school history lessons, Fess Parker on TV (Davey Crockett) and John Wayne’s movie (The Alamo)……..I remember when the latest movie was advertised at the theater and when the clip showed the long distinct scene from a hill with an old Tejano wearing a thatched sombrero watching the battle take place, the hordes of soldiers washing over the walls, the cannon balls exploding in the air above the fortress…..I instinctively knee jerked and grabbed my chest muttering “I can’t go through this again!”……….this is how ingrained this epic battle is in me………there used to be holes (triangular) in the stones at the end of the long barracks when they first opened it to the public, (some idiot caretaker has placed a window there now) I felt were bayonet holes and I also felt I knew who the holes represented…..(a young 18 year old)…..call me nuts or crazy but this place is special……..men who died violently (on both sides)…….the place had an energy I can not explain……..however, thanks to the stupid handling of the Daughters of the Republic, much has been covered over…to make it pretty I surmise. Anyway, the grounds are Hollow and will forever be remembered.

    On a monument, either in Austin or San Jacinto……..(memory not working well for the location) is inscribed this “Thermopylae had their messenger of defeat………the Alamo had none.”

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  18. entagor says:

    I have always believed that one day, it would be the South that would save America

    As Mexico began redefining its original relationship with Texas settlers, Texans rebelled:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alamo
    “Angered by what he perceived to be American interference in Mexican affairs, Santa Anna spearheaded a resolution classifying foreigners found fighting in Texas as pirates. The resolution effectively banned the taking of prisoners of war: in this period of time, captured pirates were executed immediately.[15] Santa Anna reiterated this message in a strongly worded letter to United States President Andrew Jackson. This letter was not widely distributed, and it is unlikely that most of the American recruits serving in the Texian Army were aware that there would be no prisoners of war”

    The stage was set

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alamo
    “Throughout the siege these towns had received multiple couriers, dispatched by Travis to plead for reinforcements and supplies.The most famous of his missives, written February 24, was addressed To the People of Texas & All Americans in the World. According to historian Mary Deborah Petite, the letter is “considered by many as one of the masterpieces of American patriotism””

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_the_People_of_Texas_%26_All_Americans_in_the_World

    To the People of Texas & All Americans in the World:
    
    Fellow citizens & compatriots—I am besieged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna—I have sustained a continual Bombardment & cannonade for 24 hours & have not lost a man. The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken—I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, & our flag still waves proudly from the walls. I shall never surrender or retreat. Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch—The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily & will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country—Victory or Death.
    
    William Barret Travis
    
    Lt. Col. comdt
    
    P.S. The Lord is on our side—When the enemy appeared in sight we had not three bushels of corn—We have since found in deserted houses 80 or 90 bushels & got into the walls 20 or 30 head of Beeves.
    

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    • entagor says:

      Sorry, I had no idea my quote of the Travis letter would display in a window here is what I tried to post (fingers crossed)

      To the People of Texas & All Americans in the World:
      
      Fellow citizens & compatriots—I am besieged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna—I have sustained a continual Bombardment & cannonade for 24 hours & have not lost a man. The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken—I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, & our flag still waves proudly from the walls. I shall never surrender or retreat. Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch—The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily & will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country—Victory or Death.
      
      William Barret Travis
      
      Lt. Col. comdt
      
      P.S. The Lord is on our side—When the enemy appeared in sight we had not three bushels of corn—We have since found in deserted houses 80 or 90 bushels & got into the walls 20 or 30 head of Beeves.
      

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  19. Margaret-Ann says:

    Bravo! An excellent read and certainly a much needed refresher course. Thanks for composing Elvis, with added photos and links. And Wee for posting. And to all for remembering. 😉

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  20. joshua says:

    right now Amazon has a great book, “A Time to Stand,” about the Alamo and the Battles available on Kindle for $2.99…and a great easy read. not advertising, but I got sent this as a special sale alert so passing it on to this web thread.

    comment from that site:

    The battle of the Alamo is currently being fought all over again between Traditionalists, who present the “Texans as heros” view, and Revisionists, who view this heroic view with post-modern skepticism.

    Why is it being re-fought, and what is at stake? Simply, because the viewpoint that prevails will impact current social attitudes towards multi-culturism and racial diversity – a central motif of current American politics. Once again, the battle is fierce – with no mercy, and no prisoners.

    Deguello!

    It is almost impossible to find an objective presentation of the facts without this modern political spin. As a remedy, I recommend the following considerations, before reading any book about the Alamo:

    1.) Mexicans and Texians were at war. Both sides had extremely prejuidiced views of the event – such is war. These extreme views are the source materials for ALL writers of the history of the battle.
    2.) All but a few of the Texians that were present at the battle died without telling their stories. The Mexican view had far more voices left afterwards to tell their version. Even so, the Texian’s version has usually prevailed.
    3.) Eyewitness reports are extremely contradictory. This is not suprising, considering that the climax events occured in the dark, within a small walled compound filled with black powder smoke, erupting cannons, fire, confusion, screams, panicked soldiers, etc.

    4.) In a sentence, the war was between extremely independently minded American pioneers (regardless of their various personal agenda) and an army serving the will of an extremely controlling Mexican President (seeking rigorously centralized government power). In the simplest sense, the fight was between men who wanted minimal government influence on their lives, and a government who wanted maximum influence and control on their lives. (Somehow, this story always repeats itself.)

    Nonetheless, as with all historical events, something of a coherent story can be tickled out of the confused mass of information. A good detective can “triangulate” the most probable facts of the event, if he or she approaches the information with common sense and a minimum of personal agenda.

    Walter Lord does one of the better, most complete, jobs of reporting the event objectively. He also does it within the shortest space – “A Time to Stand” is a comparatively brief book.

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    • There is also another book, written in the 1880’s by one Amelia Barr. It is basically a story told from the civilian side from folks in San Antonio who were there during the battle. It covers the entire rebellion. Anyway, the book provides an interesting point of view from an outsiders perspective in that time period, just 44 years after the battle took place. The book is free on Amazon.com as a ebook and if you can find it (like I did) you can download it of various websites by googling ‘Remember the Alamo’………….

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  21. joshua says:

    but anyone wanting a fluff movie about the Alamo can go on You Tube and Watch “Gone to Texas”…but do not expect sophisticated dialog….
    1986
    (from Amazon comment section)
    Gone to Texas is a good TV movie about the life of Sam Houston. It follows Houston from his days as the Governor of Tennessee all the way through to his time as the commander of the army during the Texas War for Independence. Interweaved through it all is depictions of the fall of the Alamo, the Goliad massacre, and also the government convention at Washington-on-the-Brazos. This is also one of the only movies to show the taking of San Antonio by the Texans three months before the siege of the Alamo.
    This may not be very interesting to people who do not already know something about Houston or at least some background about the time. Sam Elliott is pretty good as Sam Houston with Michael Beck giving a decent performance as the knife fighter Jim Bowie. There is a very good presentation of the battle for San Jacinto as well. Interesting movie which does take a while to get going.

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  22. itswoot says:

    Thank you Elvis C. for putting this part of Texas history together and sharing it here. I ended up going back to the two earlier posts (were there more?) as I had only partly read them. This line from an earlier post stuck out:

    “It [Declaration of Texas Independence] proclaimed that the Mexican government “ceased to protect the lives, liberty, and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are derived” and complained of “arbitrary acts of oppression and tyranny”

    Hmm…that definately sounds familiar in light of current events.

    Besides having a better understanding of the sacrifices of Texans, and others on their side who fought at the Alamo, I came away with an observation that in a nutshell, for then and now, which says, “We can do this the easy way, or the hard way.”

    To my shame, as I was driving through San Antonio in 1980, I drove past the Alamo along the street in front of it without stopping. But I can’t remember why.

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  23. moosebytes says:

    This is another great book. The bibliography and reference notes are extensive. Great read, for sure!
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Blood-Heroes-Alamo-Sacrifice/dp/0316053732

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  24. Thomas Berwick says:

    The Goliad massacre was used in the 2nd of 5 books called “The Redemption of John Valone – The Americanization of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables”. Santa Ana overruled a Mexican commander at Goliad and forced him to march the Texians at Goliad out of the fort where they were massacred and left in a ditch beside the road. Note that Texas joined the South during the Civil War. One Texas unit was defeated while attempting an assault on Little Round Top.

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  25. truthandjustice says:

    My “two cents” is I am also a native Texan and………..born and raised in the “Alamo City” (San Antonio). Now live about 40 miles north of there in the “Hill country”. My parents are also natives born in Central and North Texas. Their parents were among those that came in large numbers from Tenn. and NC areas in the late 1800’s – some in covered wagons.
    As so many others, always been inspired by the story of the fall of the Alamo. Our current “revolution” reminds me of that brave sacrificial fight for liberty – trying to wrest the power away from evil tyrannical regimes….just as we did back in our first “Revolutionary War”.
    We had an interesting experience when living near Nashville, TN for a few years. We met a fellow member of the church we attended who was a descendant of Davy Crockett (last name was that and I just asked one day).
    Yes, guys – remember now just as then when used to motivate fellow fighters —

    “Remember the Alamo!!!!”

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  26. Texian says:

    Worthy of note, and also a glimpse into the mind and eloquence of Davey Crockett.

    God knew of Davey’s impending fate and considered him worthy: putting a preacher in his path to renew his strength and salvation. While on the trail to Texas (and then the Alamo), crossing the Washita/Red River he found a man stuck in the middle on a sandbar, unable to get across, who happened to be a preacher. Crockett rescued him and they camped and rode together on the way to the Greenville Tx. outpost.

    From Davey Crockett’s memoirs, Crockett thus describes the ride :

    “I kept in company with the parson until we arrived at Greenville, and I do say, he was just about as pleasant an old gentleman to travel with, as any man who wasn’t too particular could ask for. We talked about politics, religion, and nature, farming, and bear hunting, and the many blessings that an all-bountiful Providence has bestowed upon our happy country. He continued to talk upon this subject, traveling over the whole ground as it were, until his imagination glowed, and his soul became full to overflowing; he checked his horse, and I stopped mine also, and a stream of eloquence burst forth from his aged lips such as I have seldom listened to; it came from the overflowing fountain of a pure and grateful heart. We were alone in the wilderness, but as he proceeded, it seemed to me as if the tall trees bent their tops to listen; that the mountain stream laughed out joyfully as it bounded on like some living thing; that the fading flowers of autumn smiled, and sent forth fresher fragrance, as if conscious that they would revive in spring, and even the sterile rocks seemed to be endued with some mysterious influence. We were alone in the wilderness, but all things told me that God was there. The thought renewed my strength and courage. I had left my country, felt somewhat like an outcast, believed that I had been neglected and lost sight of ; but I was now conscious that there was still one watchful Eye over me; no matter whether I dwelt in the populous cities, or threaded the pathless forest alone; no matter whether I stood in the high places among men, or made my solitary lair in the untrodden wild, that Eye was still upon me. My very soul leaped joyfully at the thought; I never felt so grateful in all my life; I never loved my God so sincerely in all my life. I felt that I still had a friend.”

    Davey Crockett

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  27. Steve says:

    I am a big Alamo fan, ever since I was a young tyke. Had the hat, toy soldiers, the whole enchilada. Pun intended.
    I have read numerous books on the subject, and the facts still seem to change and grow some with each passing year. Many people don’t realize that numerous Texians were killed outside the walls trying to escape; this is a very hotly debated topic, since the meme was that they all died to the last man inside the Alamo. That is one of the reason why there are three funeral pyres; two of the pyres were well outside the Alamo near the main road heading into San Antoine. It was easier for the Mexicans soldiers to gather the dead Texians closest to were they fell. It doesn’t diminish their sacrifice, for me it enhances the story. Elvis mentions some of these brave Texians being cut down by the Mexican Cavalry, which by the way, were Santa Anna’s elite troops. they were ready for the “escape”. Santa Anna stationed his Cavalry on the hills east and south of the Alamo, and attacked the north and west walls; bascially forcing any retreating Texians right into the cavalry. The weakest defensive position of the Alamo was the picket stockade fence protected by an abatis.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abatis
    The Mexican cavalry were armed primarily with lances; a feared instrument of death.
    A little trivia; the largest collection of Alamo memorabilia and artifacts is none other than Phil Collins, Genesis fame and popular solo career. His collection was in Switzerland, his primary residence; however he has committed to bring the collection to the Alamo, when ever the darn politicians approve the building of the the structure in San Antonio.
    http://www.texasmonthly.com/the-culture/phil-collins-donates-his-expansive-alamo-memorabilia-collection-to-the-general-land-office/
    https://www.texastribune.org/2014/10/26/phil-collins-collection-arriving-alamo-week/

    Also, a little off topic, but the result of the Battle of the Alamo is the background and history of the Mexican-American War, 1846-1849. Many Civil War generals were mere Lieutenants during that war, and a significant battle tactic, the “Flying Artillery” was first implemented during the Mex-Am war and ultimately during the Civil War by both side.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Ringgold_%28United_States_Army_officer%29
    http://artillerymanmagazine.com/Archives/1998/mexico_w98.html

    Sorry for the long post, but I love this stuff.

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  28. joshua says:

    during WWII, Texas paratroopers used to jump out of the plane and holler “Geronimo” and “Remember the Alamo” as their showing courage and commitment to the coming battle on the ground…

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  29. How many Alamo’s has there been in American history?……..The first is the actual Alamo battle, then I remember my mother stating Wake Island in WW2 was called the Alamo of the Pacific……..I guess Benghazi could be considered a Alamo of the Middle East……are there others? Each reflects the fighting spirit of we American’s………loving peace but willing to die to ensure that peace.

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