Remember: 9 Facts You Probably Don’t Know About The Alamo

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by Melissa I.

We Texans say “Remember The Alamo” a lot. And we mean it. But just in case we forget, here are nine things you may not remember about that pivotal time.


1.    The impromptu feast

Roughly 200 men against an army of thousands who showed resistance for 13 days did received reinforcements but they were only 32 gallant men who rode in, skirting Mexican patrols, at 3 a.m. on March 1. The troops inside were so overwhelmed that organized an impromptu feast believing that more help was on the way.

2.    The Courtyard wall

On Feb 23rd the Mexican force which was about 1800 to 6000 as per various estimates attacked the The Alamo under supervision of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. The Texans held for around a fortnight but it was the morning of March 6 when Mexican forces breached through the courtyard wall and took over.

3.    The Only Survivor

The Mexican commander ordered that there would be no prisoners and thus everyone was killed. The only survivor was Captain Almaron Dickinson’s wife Susannah Dickinson and her infant daughter Angelina who were sent to the Gonzalez camp

4.    Eagles’ Quill

Do you know that the declaration of independence was signed by the Texans by the quill of an Eagle!

5.    False Hope

The Texans won four battles against Mexican armies and two months before the battle of The Alamo, the last Mexican soldier was forced out of Texas.

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During those two months Texans actually thought that the war for independence was already over and they have emerged as victors, little did they knew that Mexico with such massive army was coming back to try to take over Texas again.

6.    Who wanted The Alamo?

There were six different groups who were dying to get their hands on The Alamo

  1. Monarchists wanted to add Texas under the Spanish Crown.
  2. Centralists wanted it to be a part of a Mexico ruled by a national government.
  3. Federalists opposed centralists and wanted to put Texas under Mexican government where administrative power would exist at the state and federal levels.
  4. The United States wanted to get their hands on Texas to expand their borders.
  5. The confederation of Anglos and Tejanos wanted Texas to be an independent republic, as did a rebel confederation led by the legendary Sam Houston.

7.    Who told the story of The Alamo?

John, the slave was the only non-combatant who lived to tell the tale that what happened at The Alamo. He told us that the rebel commander of the The Alamo, William B. Travis, drew his sword and traced a line in the sand with its tip. He asked every man who was willing to defend the fort to the death to cross it. Only one man didn’t cross.

Travis was the first man to be killed when the Mexican army stormed inside where as Bowie was killed in bed.

8.    What was written in the letter?

The Battle of the The Alamo between February 23 and March 6, 1836 was a pivotal event in the Texas Revolution. On February 24, Lieutenant Colonel Travis wrote a letter which stated

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 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.


9.    What’s so special about ‘Remember the The Alamo’ slogan?

On April 21, 1836, Sam Houston, the commander of brigade of rebel volunteers led 910 men across the plains outside San Jacinto for a battle. Caught off guard, the Mexicans were overwhelmed by the rebels and their cries of “remember the The Alamo!” Chanting this slogan, the Texans overwhelmed the Mexicans and the battle was over in just a few minutes. The Republic of Texas was born.

Finally, I’m going to leave you with this… my favorite scene from “The Alamo” when David Crockett (portrayed by Billy Bob Thornton) sets the mood with his fiddle:



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