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Alamo defenders call for help
www.history.com ^ | 2-24-09 | Unknown

Posted on 02/24/2009 6:59:23 AM PST by Former MSM Viewer

February 24, 1836

On this day in 1836, in San Antonio, Texas, Colonel William Travis issues a call for help on behalf of the Texan troops defending the Alamo, an old Spanish mission and fortress under attack by the Mexican army.


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A native of Alabama, Travis moved to the Mexican state of Texas in 1831. He soon became a leader of the growing movement to overthrow the Mexican government and establish an independent Texan republic. When the Texas revolution began in 1835, Travis became a lieutenant-colonel in the revolutionary army and was given command of troops in the recently captured city of San Antonio de Bexar (now San Antonio). On February 23, 1836, a large Mexican force commanded by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana arrived suddenly in San Antonio. Travis and his troops took shelter in the Alamo, where they were soon joined by a volunteer force led by Colonel James Bowie.

Though Santa Ana's 5,000 troops heavily outnumbered the several hundred Texans, Travis and his men determined not to give up. On February 24, they answered Santa Ana's call for surrender with a bold shot from the Alamo's cannon. Furious, the Mexican general ordered his forces to launch a siege. Travis immediately recognized his disadvantage and sent out several messages via couriers asking for reinforcements. Addressing one of the pleas to "The People of Texas and All Americans in the World," Travis signed off with the now-famous phrase "Victory or Death."

Only 32 men from the nearby town of Gonzales responded to Travis' call for help, and beginning at 5:30 a.m. on March 6, Mexican forces stormed the Alamo through a gap in the fort's outer wall, killing Travis, Bowie and 190 of their men. Despite the loss of the fort, the Texan troops managed to inflict huge losses on their enemy, killing at least 600 of Santa Ana's men.

The brave defense of the Alamo became a powerful symbol for the Texas revolution, helping the rebels turn the tide in their favor. At the crucial Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 910 Texan soldiers commanded by Sam Houston defeated Santa Ana's army of 1,250 men, spurred on by cries of "Remember the Alamo!" The next day, after Texan forces captured Santa Ana himself, the general issued orders for all Mexican troops to pull back behind the Rio Grande River. On May 14, 1836, Texas officially became an independent republic.

1 posted on 02/24/2009 6:59:23 AM PST by Former MSM Viewer
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This is what arose out of that defeat...never count us out...
2 posted on 02/24/2009 7:01:56 AM PST by Former MSM Viewer ("We will hunt the terrorists in every dark corner of the earth. We will be relentless." W 2001)
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This is the San Jacinto Monument for all of you out there that dont know....

This is the site that Sam Houston defeated Santa Anna and the Mexican army, gaining our independence from an oppressive regime. It was on April 21, 1836 - a day that is still celebrated here in Texas and taught to all Texas kids in school.

This is the highest monument in the USA - higher than the Washington Monument.What a beautiful site....I always love seeing it as I drive back into Houston from the east.

One of our favorite state mottos gives fair warning to all who would try: DONT MESS WITH TEXAS

Thanks for posting such a beautiful picture.


3 posted on 02/24/2009 7:02:47 AM PST by Former MSM Viewer ("We will hunt the terrorists in every dark corner of the earth. We will be relentless." W 2001)
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Great patriots one and all.


4 posted on 02/24/2009 7:02:54 AM PST by ontap (Just another backstabbing conservative)
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To: Former MSM Viewer
Santa Ana...the general issued orders for all Mexican troops to pull back behind the Rio Grande River.

We could use another Sam Houston to enforce Santa Ana's order of 1836.

5 posted on 02/24/2009 7:05:13 AM PST by FreePaul
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To: Former MSM Viewer

“One of our favorite state mottos gives fair warning to all who would try: DONT MESS WITH TEXAS”

Yes - My coffee cup here in Buffalo, NY warns all:
“DONT MESS WITH TEXAS”

Texan and Proud of it!


6 posted on 02/24/2009 7:05:51 AM PST by RebelTXRose
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To: RebelTXRose

As you remember, that slogan started as an anti-litter campaign and has morphed into something much more significant


7 posted on 02/24/2009 7:07:22 AM PST by Former MSM Viewer ("We will hunt the terrorists in every dark corner of the earth. We will be relentless." W 2001)
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To: RebelTXRose

I just visited the Alamo this past Saturday...still glowing beautifully in the Texas starlight.


8 posted on 02/24/2009 7:10:59 AM PST by Former MSM Viewer ("We will hunt the terrorists in every dark corner of the earth. We will be relentless." W 2001)
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Proud to be a native Texan. Born just north of Dallas - Sherman, Texas. Ready to hang the sign on my door - “Gone to Texas.”


9 posted on 02/24/2009 7:17:22 AM PST by Tennessee_Bob (Save the Hispaniolan Solenodon!)
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10 posted on 02/24/2009 7:20:07 AM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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As you remember, that slogan started as an anti-litter campaign and has morphed into something much more significant

I wonder how many people do remember that?

11 posted on 02/24/2009 7:21:16 AM PST by ansel12 ( Am I the only freeper that has been held in an American internment center?)
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To: Tennessee_Bob

“You can go to hell, I’m going to Texas.”

Davy Crockett


12 posted on 02/24/2009 7:21:42 AM PST by Former MSM Viewer ("We will hunt the terrorists in every dark corner of the earth. We will be relentless." W 2001)
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13 posted on 02/24/2009 7:21:43 AM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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Correction...’David’ Crockett...he didn’t like the name Davy.


14 posted on 02/24/2009 7:22:35 AM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

But, but...I still hear that song from my childhood, “...Davvvvvy, Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier”


15 posted on 02/24/2009 7:24:24 AM PST by Former MSM Viewer ("We will hunt the terrorists in every dark corner of the earth. We will be relentless." W 2001)
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Donovan sings “The Alamo”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-jB0VvhjFg

Lyrics:

180 were challenged by Travis to die
By a line that he drew with his sword as the battle drew nigh
A man that crossed over the line was for glory
And he that was left better fly
And over the line crossed 179
Hey Up Santa Anna, they’re killing your soldiers below
So the rest of Texas will know
And remember the Alamo

Jim Bowie lay dying, the blood and the sweat in his eyes
But his knife at the ready to take him a few in reply
Young Davy Crocket lay laughing and dying
The blood and the sweat in his eyes
For Texas and freedom a man was more willing to die
Hey Up Santa Anna, they’re killing your soldiers below
So the rest of Texas will know
And remember the Alamo

A courier came to a battle once bloody and loud
And found only skin and bones where he once left a crowd
Fear not little darling of dying
If this world be sovereign and free
For we’ll fight to the last for as long as liberty be
Hey Up Santa Anna, they’re killing your soldiers below
So the rest of Texas will know
And remember the Alamo


16 posted on 02/24/2009 7:24:53 AM PST by ansel12 ( Am I the only freeper that has been held in an American internment center?)
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Yes! I remember that. I have a handful of stickers from the visitor center.

My coffee cup was brought to the office as a “passive aggressive” move against a person who persecuted me for my NATIONAL origin.


17 posted on 02/24/2009 7:26:09 AM PST by RebelTXRose
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To: ansel12

Davy Crockett Lyrics

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nOF4cq6qNc

Born on a mountain top in Tennessee,
Greenest state in the land of the free.
Raised in the woods so’s he knew every tree,
Killed him a bear when he was only three.
Davy, Davy Crockett King of the Wild Frontier.

He fought single handed through the Injun war,
Till the Creeks was whipped and peace was restored.
And while he was handling this risky chore,
Made himself a legend, forevermore.
Davy, Davy Crockett the man who don’t know fear.

When he lost his love, and his grief was gall,
In his heart he wanted to leave it all,
And lose himself in the forest tall,
But he answered instead, his country’s call.
Davy, Davy Crockett, the choice of the whole frontier

He went off to Congress and served a spell
Fixin’ up the government and laws as well.
Took over Washington, so we hear tell,
And patched up the crack in the Liberty Bell.
Davy, Davy Crockett, seein’ his duty clear. (Serving his country well)

When he come home, his politickin’ done,
The western march had just begun.
So he packed his gear, and his trusty gun
And lit out a grinnin’ to follow the sun.
Davy, Davy Crockett, Leadin the Pioneers.

His land is biggest, and his land is best
From grassy plains to the mountain crest
He’s ahead of us all in meeting the test
Followin’ his legend right into the West
Davy, Davy Crockett, King of the Wide Frontier
King of the Wild Frontier.


18 posted on 02/24/2009 7:28:42 AM PST by Former MSM Viewer ("We will hunt the terrorists in every dark corner of the earth. We will be relentless." W 2001)
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To: RebelTXRose

Way to go...if they only knew more about our great state...


19 posted on 02/24/2009 7:29:41 AM PST by Former MSM Viewer ("We will hunt the terrorists in every dark corner of the earth. We will be relentless." W 2001)
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Ballad of Davy Crockett
20 posted on 02/24/2009 7:30:20 AM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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I have a very clear visual memory of seeing “Davey” at a local toy store circa 1956. I can still see the buckskin suit and musket. I was five and it must have been some Disney promotion.


21 posted on 02/24/2009 7:31:36 AM PST by wtc911 ("How you gonna get back down that hill?")
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Our ancestors fought for many of the rights we take for granted today. Here is some interesting statements about guns.

Refresher in Bearing Arms Course

An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.

A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.

Those who trade liberty for security have neither.

Gun control is not about guns; it’s about control.

You have only the rights you are willing to fight for.

Know guns, know peace, know safety. No guns, no peace, no safety.

If guns cause crime, then pencils cause misspelled words.

Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.

If you don’t know your rights, you don’t have any.

The United States Constitution (c) 1791. All Rights Reserved.

What part of ‘shall not be infringed’ do you not understand?

The Second Amendment is in place in case the politicians ignore the others.

64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday.

Guns only have two enemies; rust and politicians.

You don’t shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive.

911: Government sponsored Dial-a-Prayer.

Criminals love gun control; it makes their jobs safer.

If guns cause crime, then matches cause arson.

Only a government that is afraid of its citizens tries to control them.

Enforce the gun control laws we ALREADY have; don’t make more.

When you remove the people’s right to bear arms, you create slaves.

The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control.


22 posted on 02/24/2009 7:45:47 AM PST by Former MSM Viewer ("We will hunt the terrorists in every dark corner of the earth. We will be relentless." W 2001)
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I TRY to educate as many as possible - they are SO OPPRESSED in this state! And they just ACCEPT IT!


23 posted on 02/24/2009 8:06:13 AM PST by RebelTXRose
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The Immortal 32

There will be ceremony at Texas hero’s square today in Gonzales Texas.

I think I will walk over and attend.


24 posted on 02/24/2009 8:08:12 AM PST by Rightly Biased (“Ronald Reagan did not dye his hair! And if he did, it was only to intimidate the Russians! God I m)
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Of the multiple banners that flew over DeWitt Colony territory and those under which DeWitt colonists served and died, this famous flag is one which originated solely within and is unique to the DeWitt Colony and a symbol of contribution of the region to the Texas Independence movement. The banner can be said to be the counterpart in concept and message of resistance as the early "Don't Tread on Me" flags of the American Revolution. Some say it was made from the white silk of the wedding dress of Empresario DeWitt's daughter, Naomi, and was flown by DeWitt Colonists reinforced by volunteers from the other settlements at the confrontation with the Mexican army in October 1835 over the Gonzales cannon (Battle of Gonzales). Other reports suggest it was made after the confrontation during the muster at Gonzales for defense of Texas and the assault on Bexar

25 posted on 02/24/2009 8:11:29 AM PST by Rightly Biased (Ronald Reagan did not dye his hair! And if he did, it was only to intimidate the Russians!)
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To
The People of Texas
and
All Americans

Commandancy of the Alamo—
Bejar, Fby 24th 1836—

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 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 &
& everything 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 deter
mined 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 —
Travis


26 posted on 02/24/2009 8:14:38 AM PST by Rightly Biased (Ronald Reagan did not dye his hair! And if he did, it was only to intimidate the Russians!)
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Oh HELL YEAH!!!! GO...

Wish I was in Gonzales today...


27 posted on 02/24/2009 8:16:12 AM PST by Former MSM Viewer ("We will hunt the terrorists in every dark corner of the earth. We will be relentless." W 2001)
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To: Rightly Biased

Tears coming to my eyes...

as I said in an earlier post, I visited the hallowed Alamo Saturday night with my wife and daughter...

It was beautiful under the bright stars of a Texas night.


28 posted on 02/24/2009 8:17:35 AM PST by Former MSM Viewer ("We will hunt the terrorists in every dark corner of the earth. We will be relentless." W 2001)
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We Will take our Annual Trip to the Alamo during Spring Break week after next.

I never tire of Going there and neither do my children.

We go to the Alamo one year and Goliad the next.

Sparsed with trips to San Jacinto and Washington on the Brazos.

To learn history is to learn the future at least that is what I tell my kids.

God Bless Texas!


29 posted on 02/24/2009 8:22:32 AM PST by Rightly Biased (Ronald Reagan did not dye his hair! And if he did, it was only to intimidate the Russians!)
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Beautiful picture. We go to the Monument often. Live 15 minutes away from it.They also have an excellent museum inside.They have allowed the landscape to revert back to the days of the battle.Many of the same greenery,old tallow trees with Spanish moss hanging. A very inspiring place to go in the early morning hours.A very quiet ,reverent feeling there..God bless Texas and the brave men who fought and loved her into existence!


30 posted on 02/24/2009 8:38:56 AM PST by Disgusted in Texas
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To: Rightly Biased

That brings tears to your eyes..


31 posted on 02/24/2009 8:41:11 AM PST by Disgusted in Texas
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To: Disgusted in Texas

And the stupid libs and drive-by media try to tell us there was gold at the Alamo because there was no reason do defend it for Liberty or Freedom.

Remember the Alamo!!

Remember Goliad!!


32 posted on 02/24/2009 8:45:34 AM PST by Rightly Biased (Ronald Reagan did not dye his hair! And if he did, it was only to intimidate the Russians!)
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Thank you for posting Travis’ letter. My son had to memorize that last year for his 4th grade history class, and it was always an effort not to get a little choked up when he’d recite it.


33 posted on 02/24/2009 8:51:56 AM PST by Burma Jones
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I am going to Texas Hero’s square here in a bit to hear it read aloud. And see the Texas flags placed in honor of the Immortal 32 I am sure I will leave the place with tear stained cheeks..... again.


34 posted on 02/24/2009 8:54:32 AM PST by Rightly Biased (Ronald Reagan did not dye his hair! And if he did, it was only to intimidate the Russians!)
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To: Burma Jones

I am going to Texas Hero’s square here in a bit to hear it read aloud. And see the Texas flags placed in honor of the Immortal 32 I am sure I will leave the place with tear stained cheeks..... again.


35 posted on 02/24/2009 8:54:33 AM PST by Rightly Biased (Ronald Reagan did not dye his hair! And if he did, it was only to intimidate the Russians!)
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OFFICERS Lt. George C. Kimble (K) First Sargent William A. Irvin PRIVATES John Ballard, John Davis (K), Andrew Duvalt (K), Jacob Darst (K), Frederick C. Elm, Galba Fuqua (K), William Fishbaugh (K), John Harris (K), Andrew J. Kent (K), David B. Kent, John G. King, Daniel McCoy, Jesse McCoy (K), Prospect McCoy, Isaac Millsaps (K), William Morrison, James Nash, Marcus L. Sewell (K), William Summers (K), Robert White (K) (Capt. Byrd Lockhart and Lt. Col. William B. Travis (K), superior commander, were also attached to this roll) (K = Killed in Action in the Alamo)

John Harris was my gr gr uncle. His land grant is how my family came to Texas.

36 posted on 02/24/2009 8:59:09 AM PST by saminfl ( FUBO)
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To: Rightly Biased

I have had that letter on my FR personal page for a couple years now (along with Patton’s famous speach). Whenever I need a kick in the a$$ I read both.

God Bless Texas.


37 posted on 02/24/2009 9:08:05 AM PST by A Texan (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: Rightly Biased

Alamo bump


38 posted on 02/24/2009 9:16:12 AM PST by Deaf Smith
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To: Former MSM Viewer
Google Maps View of San Jacinto State Park, with monument and USS Texas.

-PJ

39 posted on 02/24/2009 9:24:23 AM PST by Political Junkie Too (You can never overestimate the Democrats' ability to overplay their hand.)
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How Texan Are You?

You Are 92% Texas


Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit. This ain't your first rodeo!

40 posted on 02/24/2009 9:27:02 AM PST by girlscout
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You Are 100% Texas
Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit. This ain't your first rodeo!
How Texas Are You?

you don't consider people from Austin Texan... thats funny right there.
41 posted on 02/24/2009 11:15:27 AM PST by Rightly Biased (Ronald Reagan did not dye his hair! And if he did, it was only to intimidate the Russians!)
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To: Rightly Biased

hehehehe ... ain’t it though. :o)


42 posted on 02/24/2009 11:33:06 AM PST by girlscout
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To: Rightly Biased

Did you go to Texas’ Hero Square?

If so, tell us about what you experienced...


43 posted on 02/24/2009 1:30:54 PM PST by Former MSM Viewer ("We will hunt the terrorists in every dark corner of the earth. We will be relentless." W 2001)
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44 posted on 02/24/2009 4:39:16 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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Well they didn’t do it yesterday

I went over to the chamber and they are going to do a bigger deal this year on the 6th Texas Independence Day since its on a Friday.

So I am planning on bringing the kids over then and I will post pictures etc.

Remember the Alamo!

Remember Goliad!


45 posted on 02/25/2009 6:04:59 AM PST by Rightly Biased (Ronald Reagan did not dye his hair! And if he did, it was only to intimidate the Russians!)
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Awesome...how about a video of the reading of Travis’ letter...

I only wish a large portion of our country knew more about Texas and its glorious history.

In the future, Texas and Texans may be called on to cross that line in the sand again.


46 posted on 02/25/2009 6:57:52 AM PST by Former MSM Viewer ("We will hunt the terrorists in every dark corner of the earth. We will be relentless." W 2001)
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