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March 6, 1836: Victory in Death

Thermopylae had her messenger of defeat-the Alamo had none.
Thomas Jefferson Green

One hundred and eighty years ago the Alamo fell.  The defenders had achieved victory in death, giving thirteen precious days in which Texan independence was declared and Sam Houston appointed by the Texas Constitutional Convention as Commander-in-Chief of the Texan Army, which at that time consisted of a few hundred raw recruits.  The Alamo defenders inflicted some 600 killed and wounded on the 1800 man force of Santa Anna.  Word of the Alamo spread throughout Texas, convincing each man that this was a fight to the end, and that the cry “give me liberty or give me death” were what they were facing. Continue Reading

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177th Anniversary of the Fall of the Alamo

 

Thermopylae had her messenger of defeat-the Alamo had none.
Thomas Jefferson Green

Today is the 177th Anniversary of the fall of the Alamo.  The above Ballad of the Alamo is from the Alamo (1960), John Wayne’s love note to America.  The film was scored by Dimitri Tiomkin, one of the true masters of film music.  Here is Wayne’s film in eight and a half minutes:

I can never write about the Alamo film without showing this clip of John Wayne giving his Republic speech:

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