The Alamo

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    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"
     
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    And the Alamo is a great place to go see


    San Antonio is a great city.
     
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    Very true. Something mystical about the Alamo and SA is a fun place to visit. I grew up there.
     
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    Remember the Alamo! Some great men fought to the death at the Alamo including former congressman Davy Crockett.

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    Jim Bowie also paid the ultimate price.

    From Wiki.
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    One of my favorite Crockett scenes, countering the Deguello(slit throat).

    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1S5mzSSWADY
     
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    He heard of Houston an' Austin so,
    to the Texas plains he jest had to go
    Where freedom was fightin' another foe,
    an' they needed him at the Alamo!

    Davy, Davy Crockett, the man who don't know fear!

    TO
     
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    It is kind of amazing to see the number of rather famous historical characters who assembled at the Alamo.
     
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    I remember this one. King of the Alamo?
     
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    Kind of hard to understand why a man like Crockett who had some experience in war and who was some 50 years old would come and stay in the Alamo when he could have left almost anytime up until the last few days of the siege.
     
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    Yes it is. It takes those kind of men to build civilization.
     
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    I have always thought that there was something like divine influence working in those days in Texas. Probably just my early upbringing with a lot of Texas history being taught.
     
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