Thursday, March 6, 2008

The Alamo

Today we feature an old photograph of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. It was on this day, March 6, in the year 1836 that the Alamo fell to the Mexican Army. Davie Crockett, Jim Bowie, William Travis, and another 184 Texans had held off the more than 3,000 strong Mexican Army for 13 days. During the siege, seeing that the Texans were outnumbered 20 to 1, commander William Travis sent out this impassioned plea:
FELLOW-CITIZENS AND COMPATRIOTS : I am besieged by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna. I have sustained a continued bombardment for twenty-four hours, and have not lost a man. The enemy have demanded a surrender at discretion ; otherwise the garrison is to be put to the sword, if the place is taken. I have answered the summons with a cannon-shot, and 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, and of everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid with all despatch. The enemy are receiving reinforcements daily, and will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. Though this call may be neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible, and die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor and that of his country. Victory or death!
"W. BARRET TRAVIS, Lieutenant-Colonel commanding.
" 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, eighty or ninety bushels, and got into the walls twenty or thirty head of beeves. "T"
I think this letter helps to explain why Texans have such pride in their state. The spirit of the Alamo still runs strong in the Sons and Daughters of Texas.

1 comment:

  1. I have always been a little disappointed with the several movies made about the seige of the Alamo. Nothing we as pampered americans could dream up about this terrible time in our history could match the pain, suffering and distress the actual participants saw and felt. Staring out at the growing mass of mexican troops day after day, knowing that, at the whim of Santa Anna, their lives would end as the hord attacked with orders that no quarter be taken must have been terrifing.
    They stood and fought to the last man. I often wonder if we have anymore men or women like them.