On this day in 1836, the Alamo fell after a 13 day seige by the Mexican forces under Antonio de Lopez de Santa Anna. The following is from a letter sent by William Barrett Travis on February 24, 1836: " To the people of Texas and all Americans in the world, Fellow Citizens and Compatriots I am besieged with a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna. I have sustained a continual bombardment and cannonade for 24 hours and have not lost a man. The enemy has demanded surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison is to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken. I have answered the demand with a cannon shot and our flag still waves proudly from the wall. I shall never surrender or retreat. Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of Patriotism and everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid with all dispatch. The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily and 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 and die like a soldier who never forgets what is due his honor and that of his country. Victory or Death, WBT" The final assault began at about dawn on the morning of March 6 and was over in several hours. All combatants in the fort, about 230, were killed. The Mexican Army suffered, according to Francisco Ruiz, the Alcade of San Antonio de Bexar, approximately 1500 casualties. On April 21st of 1836, the Texas Army fell upon Santa Anna and his army at the San Jacinto, during the afternoon and destroyed that army in eighteen minutes. The Mexican Army suffered casualties of around 800, the Texas Army, 18. The battle cry was "Remember the Alamo, remember Goliad"