Unusual Tourist Sites: The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas Part 2
About the unusual tourist site the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, history and information.
San Antonio, Texas
On the 15th day of March the garrison was stormed. It was defended stone by stone. According to Joe, Colonel Travis's black body servant and one of the 2 survivors, as reported in the Memphis Enquirer:
The attack was suddenly made at 3 o'clock in the morning, after 14 days' siege. It was unexpected, as no alarm except a single voice crying out, "Col. Travis, the Mexicans are coming!" was heard from the guard on the wall; the picket guard, from whom nothing was heard, having probably been killed. Col. Travis sprang from his blanket with his sword and his gun, mounted the rampart, and seeing the enemy under the mouths of the cannon with scaling ladders, discharged his double-barreled gun down upon them; he was immediately shot, his gun falling down upon the enemy and himself within the fort. The Mexican general leading the charge mounted the walls by means of a ladder, and seeing the bleeding Travis, attempted to behead him; the dying colonel raised his sword and killed him! ... The lady of Lieut. Dickinson was within the fort, and begged to share the honorable fate of her husband; Santa Anna, honor to his name--thrice honor to his name!--here proved himself a soldier and protected her....
A Mexican version of the Alamo's fall states that the defenders, after a long night of carousing, were all drunk at the time of the attack, and offered no resistance when Santa Anna's troops walked in and slaughtered them.
After the massacre, General Santa Anna dispatched a Mexican soldier with a flag to lead the 2 survivors--Joe and the widow Dickinson--to Gen. Sam Houston's camp. The Mexican soldier also delivered a note offering the Texans peace and general amnesty if they would lay down their arms and submit to Santa Anna's Government.
At this point the people of Texas abandoned their occupations and pursuit of peace, and determined to take up arms until every Mexican east of the Rio del Norte was "exterminated."
On the 21st of April, the Texans, 600 strong under Houston, pushed close to Santa Anna's camp near a fork of the Brassos and Sabine rivers. According to military journals, General Houston addressed his troops. "Soldiers," said he, "there is the enemy, do you want to fight?" "Yes!" was the shout. "Well, then," he said, "let us eat our dinner, and then I will lead you into battle!" They obeyed the order to eat, and immediately thereafter, marched off to the attack, shouting, "Remember the Alamo!" Houston's brigade made mincemeat of the Mexican Army, captured the general, and achieved independence for Texas. When it was over, nearly 700 Mexicans were killed and 600 prisoners were taken.
In 1845, Texas was annexed to the U.S.
Traveling to the Alamo today, you can't miss it ... just follow the signs.
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