06 March 2008

On this day, 1836

The defenders of the Alamo awoke to Santa Anna's buglers playing the Deguello. (to hear the bugle call, click on the Mexican flag on the link)

The seige of the Alamo ended later that day - so fellas, tonight, hoist a brew to the brave men who crossed a line in the sand and stood, fought, and died.

On February 24th, Travis wrote this letter:

To the People of Texas & all Americans in the world

Fellow Citizens & Compatriots

I am besieged 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 command 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 & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid with 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 his own honor & that of his country. VICTORY or DEATH.

William Barret Travis(1)
Commandancy of the Alamo, BĂ©xar
Feby. 24, 1836

This one's for you, Travis.
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