March 6, 2012.
176th Anniversary of the fall of the Alamo.
I often read this letter written by William Barret Travis, commander of the Texian forces at the Alamo, and it always makes my heart beat faster:
To The People of Texas and
All Americans In The World --
February 24, 1836
Fellow citizens & compatriots --
I am beseiged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna -- I have sustained a continual Bombardment & cannonade for 24 hours & have not lost a man -- The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken -- I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, & our flag still waves proudly from the walls -- I shall never surrender or retreat. Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism, & every thing dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch -- The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily & 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 & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country --
VICTORY OR DEATH
William Barret Travis
Lt. Col. Comdt.
P.S. The Lord is on our side -- When the enemy appeared in sight we had not three bushels of corn -- We have since found in deserted houses 80 or 90 bushels & got into the walls 20 or 30 head of Beeves --
26-year old Travis died in the early morning battle on March 6th, defending the North Wall of the Alamo.
These detail pictures of the Alamo I took when we were in San Antonio last week for the Film Festival. We always go there several times during any San Antonio trip. It's hard to stay away. One day I plan to make an 1830's dress, specifically for visiting the place. :)
But for today - remember the heroes who died fighting for Texas against incredible odds.
Remember the Alamo!