On this date March 6, 1836, the Alamo fell after 13 days of siege. William Barrett Travis wrote this letter 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 Mexicans under Santa Anna. I have sustained a continual bombardment and cannonade for twenty four hours and have not lost a man. The enemy has demanded surrender at discretion, or the garrison will 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! William Barrett Travis, Lt. Colonel, Commanding"