Posted by: Ron DuBour | June 26, 2020

Knowing your American Heroes ~ THE ALAMO ~ by rldubour


Friday! Time for an American Hero! Part 2 of 2 Today is:

 

Knowing your American Heroes

THE ALAMO

 

Battle at Alamo | The Saturday Evening Post

The Texas Revolution
The battle of the Alamo.
Between the rebel Texan forces
And the Republic of Mexico.

In San Antonio, Texas
The stage was the Alamo mission.
In Eighteen-hundred-thirty-six.
Santa Anna had one ambition.

During the fight for independence
Knowing their odds were more than grave
The siege lasted for thirteen days.
Survivors were women, children and slaves.

Despite the loss all were heroes
They delayed the Mexican forces.
Time was needed for Sam Houston
And his troops to change courses.

The final assault on March sixth
All one-hundred-and-eighty-nine men.
Fought against sixty-one-hundred
As they attacked again and again.

Santa Anna raised a blood red flag
He fought in the Napoleonic style.
The buglers played El Deguello
The no-mercy call all the while.

The message was perfectly clear
No quarter for the defenders.
A reply from Colonial Travis
“We will never retreat or surrender.”

Around five-thirty that morning
Columns of three to four-hundred men
Reports were under an hour
All defenders were dead within.

All one-hundred-and-eighty-nine
The ultimate price they paid.
For freedom and for liberty
American heroes they portrayed.

Some famous names in history
Defenders of the Alamo
William Travis, James “Jim” Bowie and
David Crockett the records show.

 

AUTHOR NOTES *


Lieutenant Colonel William Barret Travis now commanded the Texan regular army forces assigned to defend the old mission. In January 1836, he was ordered by the provisional government to go to the Alamo with volunteers to reinforce the 189 already there. Travis arrived in San Antonio on February 3 with 29 reinforcements. Within a short time, he had become the post’s official commander, taking over from Col. James C. Neill who promised to be back in twenty days after leaving to tend to a family illness.
Various other men had also assembled to help in the defensive effort, including a number of unofficial volunteers under the command of Jim Bowie (of Bowie knife fame). Travis and Bowie often quarreled over issues of command and authority, but as Bowie’s health declined, Travis assumed overall command.
Texas was part of the Mexican colony of New Spain. After Mexican independence in 1821, Texas became part of Mexico and in 1824 became the northern section of Coahuila y Tejas. On 3 January 1823, Stephen F. Austin began a colony of 300 American families along the Brazos River in present-day Fort Bend County and Brazoria County,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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