Eyewitness Reports in History Remember the Alamo Part 3

An eyewitness account of the siege on the Alamo in Texas by the Mexican army, an important moment in American history.

Remember the Alamo

Only after the Alamo fell did the Republic of Texas and its flag come into existence. Nearly a full year would pass before the ashes of the Alamo defenders would be honored by the government which, by its failure to organize and to act, had caused them to perish, unaided.

Eyewitness Report: From a speech, a letter, and a dispatch, these final words from the Alamo:

"We heard you were having trouble with the likes of old Santy Anny and we 'lowed as how we might help you since we like a good fight." (David Crockett, upon arriving at the Alamo)

"The salvation of Texas depends in great measure on keeping Bexar [region including the Alamo] out of the hands of the enemy. It stands on the frontier picquet guard, and if it was in the possession of Santa Anna, there is no stronghold from which to repel him in his march to the Sabine. Colonel Neill and myself have come to the solemn resolution that we will rather die in these ditches than give them up to the enemy." (James Bowie to General Houston)

"Let the Convention go on and make a declaration of independence, and we will then understand, and the world will understand what we are fighting for....Take care of my little boy. If the country should be saved, I may make him a splendid fortune; but if the country should be lost, and I should perish, he will have nothing but the proud recollection that he is the son of a man who died for his country." (William Travis)

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