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The Heroes of the Alamo

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

 

One hundred and eighty-two 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.

 

The fallen of the Alamo would never be forgotten, the Texans screaming out the battle cry “Remember the Alamo!”, as they charged and crushed Santa Anna’s army at the battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836, achieving the dream of the defenders of the Alamo, an independent Texas.

 

When my late father was in the Air Force he toured the Alamo and he never forgot it and he told his sons about it, and his sons have told their children.

 

Of course such a major historical event is a stumbling block against those forces waging a non stop war against our heritage.  Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts gives us the details:

 

Stop calling the Alamo defenders heroic
Pleads the Texas State Board of Education. The rationale is that words like ‘heroic’ are values charged. We wouldn’t want that. Well, except for things like gay rights, feminism, the Civil Rights Movement, Rosa Parks, MLK, and a host of others that textbooks describe with flowery, celebratory, ‘values charged’ language.*

We all know what’s happening. We can remain silent and watch our posterity face the consequences, since we can already see what this new society will be. Or we can do something about it. Those who go along with it are just putting a down-payment on a plot of land outside of the barbed wire fences. The rest should stop denying the obvious or it will be our posterity that pays the price.

*While never using terms like ‘heroic’, it’s worth noting that my oldest son’s World History textbook from high school had much high praise for Mao Zedong, Karl Marx and Michael Gorbachev and their accomplishments, with each having a full page write-up celebrating their accomplishments and influences.

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Three things.  The Left specializes in indoctrination and not education, and Leftists tend not to have many kids so they come for ours.  Nothing gets Leftist juices flowing more than displays of American patriotism which they despise and which they will do everything to destroy root and branch from our society.  Don’t let them succeed.

 

 

 

 

 

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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-two 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” was precisely what they were facing.

 

The fallen of the Alamo would never be forgotten, the Texans screaming out the battle cry “Remember the Alamo!”, as they charged and crushed Santa Anna’s army at the battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836, achieving the dream of the defenders of the Alamo, an independent Texas.

 

 

Commandancy of the The Alamo

Bejar, Feby. 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 determined 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 Barrett Travis.

Lt.  Col. comdt.

 

 

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March 2, 1836: Texas Declaration of Independence

 

Four days before the fall of the Alamo on March 6, 1836, the people of Texas in Convention assembled proclaimed the independence of the Republic of Texas.  Surely few such proclamations have been issued in more dire straits.  Texas had no military other than some raw militia units.  The Texan garrison at the Alamo was under siege by a large professional Mexican army under Santa Anna.  It seemed as if the Republic of Texas was a still-born State, doomed to be forgotten soon after its birth, its advocates lucky to be alive if they survived the coming military debacle.  However, General Sam Houston, commander of all of the non-existent armies of Texas, had other ideas.  Here is the text of the Declaration:

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