06 Mar 2017

Fall of the Alamo

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Robert Jenkins Onderdonk, Fall of the Alamo, 1903, Texas State Archives.

March 6, 1836: Following a thirteen-day siege, more than 2000 Mexican troops launched a pre-dawn attack from all four sides on the fortress defended by 180 men. The Mexicans were repulsed twice, but a third assault gained the north wall and broke through the west wall. After fierce fighting, the defenders were killed to a man. The casualties included Colonel William Barret Travis, James Bowie, and former Congressman from Tennessee David Crockett.

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Cactusjack

We moved to San Antonio when I was a kid, back in the 50’s. That was while the Disney inspired Davy Crockett craze was in full swing and I couldn’t wait to visit the Alamo. On my first visit it seemed obvious to me why the Texans were defeated: the Mexicans stood on the roof of the nearby Joske’s department store and fired straight down at them! This tactical insight was greeted with considerable hilarity when I revealed it to my Old Man.
I still visit San Antonio occasionally and always go to the Alamo when I do. It’s still one of the most haunting and moving places I’ve ever been.



Boligat

I remember taking my family to visit San Antonio a number of years ago. The visit to the Alamo was bittersweet for us. Interesting, but…

My wife is a Mexican national. I kept my mouth shut. Thankfully, so did she.



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