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"Remember 202o"

Travis's "Victory or Death" letter from the Alamo

On February 24, 1836, during Santa Anna's siege of the Alamo, Travis wrote a letter addressed "To the People of Texas and All Americans in the World":

 
Plaque with the contents of the letter in front of the Alamo
Fellow citizens and compatriots;
I am besieged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna. I have sustained a continual Bombardment and cannonade for 24 hours and 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, and 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 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 to his own honor and 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 and got into the walls 20 or 30 head of Beeves.
Travis

He gave this letter to courier Albert Martin to deliver. The envelope that contained the letter was labeled "VICTORY or DEATH".[22] The letter, while unable to bring aid to the garrison at the Alamo, did much to motivate the Texian army and helped to rally support in America for the cause of Texas independence. It also cemented Travis's status as a hero of the Texas Revolution.

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Senior Advisor

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They were mad because Santa Ana told them they couldn't have slaves.

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Just watched "13 Days till Glory", a 1987 made for TV Alamo film with James Arness, Alec Baldwin, Brian Keith and Raul Julia, and was amazed at how much of the big screen Ron Howard Film "The Alamo" was borrowed from the plot and acting in the tv film.

Both are pretty good films, especially when compared to the John Wayne film.

American heroes, even if on non American soil at the time, giving their best in a cause they know they will not survive, but buying time for their friends and fellow rebels in the cause of freedom .

Probably not a place liberals go to much so I will visit it again, this time with my wife and kids. 

Senior Advisor

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Guessin' that probably won't be included in the 1776 history curriculum.

Senior Advisor

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I'm really glad you watched a movie.

Senior Advisor

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Do you stick the air hose into the snap coupler on your head when you watch that stuff?

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Another guy that gave it all at the Alamo.....

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Bowie

 

 

Senior Advisor

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Sam Houston is by far the most interesting and important historical figure in that place and time.

He later chose his country over the interests of the slavers.

Advisor

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And rather directly responsible  for my sister-in-law being a rather substantially wealthy woman. As a result of reasonable decisions that were made by the Territorial government, after the War. 

Senior Advisor

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One quaint and amusing bit of Texasism is rows of fresh faced children singin' away at The Yellow Rose of Texas.

It refers to the mulatto woman who was entertaining Santa Ana in his tent when Houston attacked at San Jacinto.