The Alamo Revisited: A Landmark Anniversary

So, why is this so special?

One hundred seventy-five years ago the Alamo was the site of a pivotal moment in the history of the Texas Revolution where 250 or so Texian and Tejano defenders held off an estimated 1,500 Mexican soldiers for 13 days.

Each March, one weekend is set aside as “Remembering the Alamo Weekend.” © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Nearly all of the defenders of the mission were killed, with the exception being an estimated 20 women and children.

The perceived cruelty of the Mexican general inspired others living in the new republic, which had just declared its independence from Mexico four days before, to join the Texian Army.

Santa Anna would be defeated a few weeks later at the Battle of San Jacinto, when the Texian Army, many of whom yelled the now famous phrases “Remember the Alamo” and “Remember Goliad,” surprised and overran the Mexican Army during a surprise attack in the middle of the afternoon.

The Mexican army, many of whom were having a siesta, was largely slaughtered after being caught off guard. More than 700 Mexican soldiers were killed and another 700 or so taken captive in the 18-minute long battle. Only nine Texians were said to have died in the attack.

With General Santa Anna’s capture and signing of the Treaty of Velasco, the Mexican Army was forced to withdraw from Texas.

You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas.—David Crockett © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

People worldwide continue to remember the Alamo as a heroic struggle against impossible odds—a place where men made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. For this reason, the Alamo remains hallowed ground and the Shrine of Texas Liberty.

Texas Spoken Friendly

Worth Pondering…
And remember the Alamo

A 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

Remembering the Alamo! © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

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

Source: The Free Republic

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