As the Texians discharged their previously loaded rifles, they found it increasingly difficult to reload while attempting to keep Mexican soldiers from scaling the walls. The younger you are, the wronger you are, at least when it comes to the Alamo. After discharging their weapons, the small band of Texians scrambled over the low wall, circled behind the church and raced on foot for the east prairie, which appeared empty. For the song, see, "Alamo" redirects here. Neill soon persuaded Bowie that the location held strategic importance. NARRATOR: The battle of the Alamo was a famous fight in the Texas revolution—the struggle for Texas independence from Mexico. [106] The men carried with them the first flag ever made for use in a Texian battle; the Come and take it flag from the Battle of Gonzales. [84] Just before daylight on March 4, part of the Texian force broke through Mexican lines and entered the Alamo. [115] In the confusion, the Texians had neglected to spike their cannon before retreating. Houston replied, "You should have remembered that at the Alamo". "[164] The first film version of the battle appeared in 1911, when Gaston Méliès directed The Immortal Alamo. [133] Although not explicitly codified in the orders, Santa Anna ensured that the presidial troops who had previously been stationed in Bexar did not take part in the fighting; this would ensure that relatives were not forced to fight each other. [99] He finally asked a local citizen, Manuel Menchaca, to help them find food; Menchaca led the army to the Seguin and Flores ranches and stole all of their corn, beef, and hogs. Albert Martin had reached Gonzales, the most westerly community of Texians, on February 25, the day after Sutherland and Smith had arrived with Travis's first message. [140] Although the original orders gave the battle starting time as 4 am, the soldiers were not completely in place until about 5 am. [122] Even with all of the Texians dead, Mexican soldiers continued to shoot, some killing each other in the confusion. [121] Lindley believes that on March 3 these men likely joined the advance unit under Chenoweth and Desauque, as well as Seguin and his Tejano unit. [107] Unable to reach the barracks, Texians stationed along the west wall headed west for the San Antonio River. On February 12 they crossed the Rio Grande. [61][62] After a two-hour skirmish, the Mexican troops retreated to Béxar. [58], The Mexican bombardment continued through the morning of February 25. They were intended to centralize and strengthen the national government. The siege of the Alamo began with an artillery bombardment, while the Mexican infantry slowly encircled the old mission. [135] The reporter had admitted to embellishing pieces of the article, and as Rose had died by the time the story was published, so the story could not be authenticated. Q. [20] Seguin had asked Travis to release the men so that they could help evacuate their families, who were in the path Santa Anna would take to reach Bexar. [175], "Remember the Alamo" redirects here. In his absence, the garrison was jointly commanded by newcomers William B. Travis—a regular army officer— and James Bowie, who had commanded a volunteer company. [18] Travis was convinced that the Mexican army would not arrive in Bexar until at least mid-March. The Battle of the Alamo is considered a pivota… [140] The Texian sentries were surprised and killed quickly before they could raise an alarm. [65] According to historian J.R. Edmondson, one Texian was killed. While the Alamo has undergone many repairs over the years, … This letter was not widely distributed, and it is unlikely that most of the American recruits serving in the Texian Army were aware that there would be no prisoners of war. [8] Already suspicious after previous American attempts to purchase Mexican Texas,[9] Mexican authorities blamed much of the Texian unrest on American immigrants, most of whom had entered illegally and made little effort to adapt to the Mexican culture and who continued to hold people in slavery when slavery had been abolished in Mexico. [116], During this time period, the Mexican army continued to venture nearer the Alamo. [130], That evening, James Allen became the last courier to leave the Alamo, carrying messages from Travis and several of the other men. Within two hours the battle was over. Commentary: Mixing up the winners and losers at the Alamo is shockingly common for reasons that, once you look into it, make a lot of sense. [50][60][61] The Mexican soldiers were intending to use the huts as cover to erect another artillery battery, although many Texians assumed they were actually launching an assault on the fort. [150] The New York Post editorialized that "had [Santa Anna] treated the vanquished with moderation and generosity, it would have been difficult if not impossible to awaken that general sympathy for the people of Texas which now impels so many adventurous and ardent spirits to throng to the aid of their brethren". Despite the warning, on March 2 Bonham crossed the Guadalupe en route to the Alamo. [117] According to historian Wallace Chariton, the "most popular, and probably the most accurate"[118] version is that Bowie died on his cot, "back braced against the wall, and using his pistols and his famous knife. [131] According to Todish, "More than one historian, and even some of Santa Anna's own officers, have speculated that this information is what prompted him to push for an immediate assault rather than wait for his heavy siege guns. [Note 15][127][128] Incensed that his orders had been ignored, Santa Anna demanded the immediate execution of the survivors. The Mexican army now had artillery stationed on three sides of the Alamo. [133] The ashes were left where they fell until February 1837, when Juan Seguín returned to Béxar to examine the remains. [126], According to many accounts of the battle, between five and seven Texians surrendered. [161] The next major treatment of the battle was Reuben Potter's The Fall of the Alamo, published in The Magazine of American History in 1878. (Lindley (2003), p. Before beginning his assault on the Alamo, Santa Anna offered them one last chance to surrender. That afternoon, Santa Anna called a council of war with his senior officers. [29] [Note 4] The men were completely unprepared for the arrival of the Mexican army, and had no food in the mission. [42][43] Unaware of the Mexican Army's proximity, the majority of the Alamo garrison joined Béxar residents at a fiesta. [116] Others claimed that Bowie shot himself or was killed by soldiers while too weak to lift his head. [63] To provide cover, Dickinson and his men fired their 8-lb cannons, filled with grapeshot and canister, at the Mexican soldiers in the huts. [59] At the end of the first day of the siege, Santa Anna's troops were reinforced by 600 men under General Joaquin Ramirez y Sesma, bringing the Mexican army up to more than 2,000 men. Unable to reload, they used their rifles as clubs and fought with knives. [105] On the march to Bexar eight additional men joined the group. [2] Most eyewitnesses counted between 182–257 Texians killed. They were released hours later when Susannah Dickinson and Joe reached Gonzales and confirmed the report. The Siege of the Alamo (February 23 – March 6, 1836) describes the first thirteen days of the Battle of the Alamo. [21] Travis had also assumed that Santa Anna would not have begun gathering troops for an invasion of Texas until after he had learned of Cos's defeat; the Texians did not realize that Santa Anna had begun preparations for an invasion months before. He identified up to 50 of Fannin's men, most of whom had been in Thomas H. Breece's company of New Orleans Greys, who left Goliad to go to the rescue of their former mates. Although the battle itself lasted only 90 minutes, it was the culmination of a 13-day siege by General Antonio López de Santa Anna's troops against the outnumbered inhabitants of the fort. On February 23, Mexican troops under General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna entered San Antonio de Bexar, Texas and surrounded the Alamo Mission. [77] Although the Texians had matched Mexican artillery fire, on February 26, Travis ordered the artillery to stop firing to conserve powder and shot. [55][59][60] Several Texians ventured out to burn the huts[60] while Texians within the Alamo provided cover fire. In 1835, there was a drastic shift in the Mexican nation. Sorry the sound quality is poor. The story of the battle has become an enduring piece of American folklore. Later that afternoon Santa Anna personally presided over the distribution of shoes to some members of his army. He proposed an imminent attack on the fort. [73] On February 26, after days of indecision, Fannin ordered 320 men, four cannons, and several supply wagons to march towards the Alamo, 90 miles (140 km) away. 372. [103] As the troops massed against the walls, Texians were forced to lean over the walls to shoot, leaving them exposed to Mexican fire. [130] Again, officers advocated waiting for the arrival of the heavy artillery. In the centuries before the battle, the Alamo had served as a Catholic mission, working to convert local Native Americans to Catholicism. The delay was brief, and on February 19 the vanguard of the army camped along the Frio River, 68 miles (109 km) from Bexar. The triumph of conservative forces in the elections unleashed a series of events that culminated on October 23, 1835, under a new constitution, after the repeal of the federalist Constitution of 1824. I will, however, do the best I can under the circumstances, and I feel confident that the determined valour and desperate courage, heretofore evinced by my men, will not fail them in the last struggle, and although they may be sacrificed to the vengeance of a Gothic enemy, the victory will cost the enemy so dear, that it will be worse for him than a defeat. The Alamo had nothing to do with the Confederacy or the Civil War, which occurred 25 years after the famous Texas battle. [105] Duque fell from his horse after suffering a wound in his thigh and was almost trampled by his own men. According to Todish et al., "there can be little doubt that most Americans have probably formed many of their opinions on what occurred at the Alamo not from books, but from the various movies made about the battle. [91], At 10 p.m. on March 5, the Mexican artillery ceased their bombardment. [89] The officers and men in the expedition claimed that Fannin decided on his own to abort the mission. The famous siege of the Alamo in San Antonio lasted from February 23 to March 6, 1836. [10] The complex sprawled across 3 acres (1.2 ha), providing almost 1,320 feet (400 m) of perimeter to defend. [Note 19][133] The only exception was the body of Gregorio Esparza. [27] Dimitt and Noble had not returned, so Travis sent Dr. James Sutherland[Note 3] and John W. Smith on horseback to scout the area. [115], Bonham arrived near Bexar around 11 am on March 3. The battle was conspicuous for the large number of illustrious personalities among its … I also sent a letter asking for more help in the battle. [141] Seguín later claimed that he had placed the coffin in front of the altar at the San Fernando Cathedral. [80], On February 26, news of the siege finally reached acting governor James W. Robinson, who immediately sent a courier to find Sam Houston. By nightfall, part of the wall had begun to collapse, and Jameson kept the men working all night to shore up the walls with pieces of lumber. [21] A wooden palisade stretched between these two buildings. deprived it of its sacred purpose.. Many myths and legends have grown about the Battle of the Alamo, but the facts often give a different account. In 19th-century Texas, the Alamo complex gradually became known as a battle site rather than a former mission. [48], response of José Bartres to Texian requests for an honorable surrender, as quoted in the journal of Juan Almonte[49], By late afternoon Béxar was occupied by about 1,500 Mexican soldiers. [21] At the northern corner of the east wall stood a cattle pen and horse corral. A small group of men fought to the death to maintain control of the San Antonio fortress. [48] The Texians received one reinforcement that night, when one of Seguin's men, Gregorio Esparza, arrived with his family. "[33] Within an hour the first of the Mexican cavalry, commanded by Colonel Jose Vicente Minon, entered Béxar. As Mexican soldiers scaled the walls, most of the Texian fighters withdrew into interior buildings. [146] Realizing that the Mexican army would soon advance towards the Texian settlements, Houston advised all civilians in the area to evacuate and ordered his new army to retreat. [25], The Texian garrison was woefully undermanned and underprovisioned, with fewer than 100 soldiers remaining by January 6, 1836. [86], Unbeknownst to the Texians, Colonel James Fannin had finally decided to ride to their relief. Following a 13-day siege, Mexican troops under President General Antonio López de Santa Anna reclaimed the Alamo Mission near San Antonio de Béxar (modern-day San Antonio, Texas, United States), killing the Texian and immigrant occupiers. [91] In a letter to Acting Governor James Robinson, Fannin said that his officers approached him to ask that the rescue trip be cancelled, as they had received word that General Urrea's army was marching towards Goliad. [124] Mexican soldiers inspected each corpse, bayoneting any body that moved. Four days later, the delegates at the convention received a dispatch Travis had written March 3 warning of his dire situation. There would have been little glory in a bloodless victory, and glory is what Santa Anna craved above all else. [27] Travis then sent Captain Philip Dimitt and Lieutenant Benjamin Noble to scout for the Mexican Army's location. When they said yes, he turned and told them to follow him. Free shipping for many products! [88] On the morning of February 26, he set out with 320 men, 4 cannon, and several supply wagons for the 90 miles (140 km) march from Goliad to the Alamo. [97] On the afternoon of March 2, Santa Anna himself conducted a scouting trip. [152], On the afternoon of April 21 the Texian army attacked Santa Anna's camp near Lynchburg Ferry. [19] The complex sprawled across 3 acres (1.2 ha), providing almost 1,320 feet (400 m) of perimeter to defend. Although they had fought at the Battle of Bexar and Captain Salvador Flores was serving in the Alamo under Colonel Neill, Travis considered them as civilians at this point and would not have included them in his total. [12] At the northern corner of the east wall stood a cattle pen and horse corral. [52] Fearing that he was contagious, Bowie moved into a small room in the low barracks along the south wall of the mission. The Texian officers voted that Seguin should carry the message. The Low Barracks was 114 feet (35 m) long, and the Long Barracks was 186 feet (57 m) long and 18 feet (5.5 m) wide. "[31][Note 5] The letter to Smith ended, "Colonel Neill and myself have come to the solemn resolution that we will rather die in these ditches than give it up to the enemy. [75] An additional battery was erected at a location known as old Powderhouse, 1,000 yards (910 m) to the southeast of the Alamo. According to historian Mary Deborah Petite, the letter is "considered by many as one of the masterpieces of American patriotism. Mexican soldiers turned the cannon towards the barracks. Between five and seven Texians may have surrendered; if so, they were quickly executed. Later that afternoon Santa Anna personally presided over the distribution of shoes to some members of his army. Edmondson notes that Alsbury returned to the Alamo, and he speculates that Travis sent her to try to negotiate an honorable surrender for the Texian troops. Believing that the Alamo would be adequately reinforced, the delegates took no further action. [20] An interior plaza was bordered on the east by the chapel and to the south by a one-story building known as the Low Barracks. [133] His secretary, Ramón Martínez Caro, later repudiated the report. [2] Most Alamo historians place the number of Mexican casualties at 400–600. [140], In an attempt to convince other slaves in Texas to support the Mexican government over the Texian rebellion, Santa Anna spared Travis' slave, Joe. [23][103] During the third strike, Romero's column, aiming for the east wall, was exposed to cannon fire and shifted to the north, mingling with the second column. The battery consisted of two eight-pounders and a howitzer and was located approximately 400 yards to the west of the fort. Mexican soldiers drove a second group across the prairie. At roughly the same time, he ordered a Mexican artillery battery consisting of two 8-lb cannon and a mortar located 350 yards (320 m) from th… Nevertheless, all of the escaping Texians were killed. and music from the buglers. Next they … ), Edmondson speculates that these men might have been sick or wounded and were therefore unable to fight. The Zapadores, Aldama, and Toluca battalions arrived between 4 and 5 pm, after marching steadily for days. The Alamo has been the subject of numerous non-fiction works beginning in 1843. The Mexicans won the battle, killing all of the Texan soldiers inside the fort. [47] According to Edmondson, the Texians sent a small party to forage that evening. Bonham's news, that Fannin was not coming after all, reportedly demoralized the Alamo garrison. Cos rejected the idea. Fifteen minutes into the battle, they attacked a third time. Santa Anna would command the reserve force, primarily the grenadier companies from each of the battalions. Many famous Texan and American figures lost their lives during the 13-day siege, including David Bowie, William B. Travis, and Davy Crockett. A bedridden Bowie requested that Crockett and several others carry his cot over the line, leaving only one man, Louis "Moses" Rose on the other side. [153] Santa Anna was captured the following day, and reportedly told Houston: "That man may consider himself born to no common destiny who has conquered the Napoleon of the West. Warnell died several months later of wounds incurred either during the final battle or during his escape as a courier. The Alamo was defended by a small force of Texians and Tejanos, led by William Barrett Travis and James Bowie, and included Davy Crockett. [171] In 2014 Collins donated his entire collection to the Alamo via the State of Texas.[172][173]. That afternoon, the entire group joined the group waiting at Cibolo Creek, 35 miles (56 km) from the Alamo. [86][94] Lindley speculates that Fannin sent an advance relief force under Captain John Chenoweth and Francis de Sauque to scout the area around Bexar. The reinforcements brought the number of Mexican soldiers in Bexar to almost 2,400. [41], Bowie believed that Travis had acted hastily and sent Green B. Jameson to meet with Santa Anna. Many of his officers disagreed, recommending instead that they wait for the arrival of the heavy artillery. Part of the Texas Revolution of 183536, it takes its name from the Alamo Mission where it was fought. Santa Anna with nearly 1,800 Mexican troops far outnumbered the band of 188 men who had retreated into the Alamo. The strategic objective of the stand was to delay Mexican forces and thereby permit military organization of the Texas settlers. (Petite (1999), p. [56], Two notable events occurred on Wednesday, February 24. All of the versions agree that in the darkness, the Texians thought this was a party of Mexican soldiers and fired, wounding one of the volunteers. [41], On February 21, Santa Anna and his vanguard reached the banks of the Medina River, 25 miles (40 km) from Béxar. The Texian resistance led by William B. Travis put up a brave stand but was ultimately crushed and all Texians involved in the battle were killed. for siege and battle. In the early hours of February 23, residents began fleeing Béxar, fearing the Mexican army's imminent arrival. A simple coffin inscribed with the names Travis, Crockett, and Bowie was filled with ashes from the funeral pyres. [124], During the day, the Mexican army had erected a battery on the north side of the Alamo, within musket shot of the complex walls. Santa Anna's cruelty during the battle inspired many Texians, both legal Texas settlers and illegal immigrants from the United States, to join the Texian Army. [139] According to a March 28, 1837, article in the Telegraph and Texas Register,[140] Seguín buried the coffin under a peach tree grove. The first consisted of four men who gained the fort one night, and the second was a party of twenty-five." They returned with six pack mules and a prisoner, a Mexican soldier who would later be used to interpret Mexican bugle calls. Unlike previous bombardments, each shot from this battery impacted the walls, causing them to begin to crumble. Each soldier would receive either 4 or 6 rounds of ammunition and would be given 2 flints. 143. [115] That evening, the Convention finally received Travis's letter of February 25. (Myers (1948), pp. [76] During the first week of the siege over 200 Mexican cannon shots landed in the Alamo plaza. [79] The Texians did not realize it was Santa Anna. A second group was driven across the prairie by Mexican soldiers. One group of Texians scrambled to herd cattle into the Alamo, while others scrounged for food in the recently abandoned houses. (Edmondson (2000), p. [28], In the early hours of February 23, residents began fleeing Béxar, fearing the Mexican army's imminent arrival. [64] Texian attempts to gather firewood were thwarted by Mexican troops. Dickinson refused the offer, which was not extended to Juana Navarro Alsbury although her son was of similar age. Dimitt and Noble, who had been scouting for signs of the Mexican army, were told by a local that Bexar was surrounded, and they would be unable to re-enter the town. [92][93] Veterans were positioned on the outside of the columns to better control the new recruits and conscripts in the middle. The men from Bastrop and some of the others from Gonzales decided to wait, including Edwin T. Mitchell, Fannin's courier. [24] Texians had previously burned the bridge over the Nueces, forcing the Mexicans to build a makeshift structure of branches and dirt in the pouring rain. [144], Within hours of Houston's arrival on March 11, Andres Barcenas and Anselmo Bergaras arrived with news that the Alamo had fallen and all Texians were slain. The Battle of the Alamo was won by the Mexican Army. [134] Other estimates of the number of Mexican soldiers killed ranged from 60–200, with an additional 250–300 wounded. At some point that day, Bowie collapsed from illness,[58] leaving Travis in sole command of the garrison. [134] Legend holds that at some point on March 5, Travis gathered his men and explained that an attack was likely imminent, and that the Mexican Army would likely prevail. In the complex was a seminary for the priests, a chapel, barracks for missionaries and their families and a textile workshop. Great God, Sue, the Mexicans are inside our walls! The cold front reached Goliad that evening, and the poorly-dressed soldiers were "quickly chilled and miserable" in the driving rain. Among these was Alamaron Dickinson, who fetched his wife Susanna and their daughter Angelina, and Bowie, who brought his deceased wife's cousins, Gertrudis Navarro and Juana Navarro Alsbury and Alsbury's young son into the fort. Just before daylight on March 4, part of the Texian force managed to break through the Mexican lines and enter the Alamo. [45], By the time the parleys were over it was nightfall, and the firing ceased. [135] Some historians believe that at least one Texian, Henry Warnell, successfully escaped from the battle. [166], Several songwriters have been inspired by the Battle of the Alamo. [100] According to the diary of José Enrique de la Peña, "a single cannon volley did away with half the company of chasseurs from Toluca". [57] Santa Anna also ordered that his military band serenade the Texians throughout the night. The aim of the previous constitution was to create a political system that would emulate the success of the United States, but after a decade of political turmoil, economic stagnation, and threats and actual foreign invasion, conservatives concluded that a better path for Mexico was centralized power. Fragments of uniforms were found in the coffin, and it is known that the Alamo occupiers did not wear uniforms. against marauding Indians, rebels,. [11] By this point, the Texian Army was dominated by very recent arrivals to the region, primarily illegal immigrants from the United States. In 1835, as the Mexican government began to shift away from a federalist model, violence erupted in several Mexican states, including the border region Mexican Texas. [2] Each woman was given a blanket and two silver pesos. [Note 6] The men instead elected Bowie, who had a reputation as a fierce fighter, as their commander. [Note 18][133] Shortly after the battle, Colonel José Juan Sanchez Navarro proposed that a monument should be erected to the fallen Mexican soldiers. [95] Fewer than 1,800 were divided into four columns, commanded by Cos, Colonel Francisco Duque, Colonel José María Romero and Colonel Juan Morales. [170] British hard rock band Babe Ruth's 1972 song The Mexican pictures the conflict through the eyes of a Mexican soldier. [159] In front of the church, in the center of Alamo Plaza, stands a cenotaph, designed by Pompeo Coppini, which commemorates the Texians and Tejanos who died during the battle. [130] Historians disagree on which version of Crockett's death is accurate. [86] According to many historians, this visit probably increased Santa Anna's impatience; as historian Timothy Todish noted, "there would have been little glory in a bloodless victory". Although the men hit water, they weakened an earth and timber parapet by the low barracks; the mound collapsed, leaving no way to fire safely over that wall. The Low Barracks was 114 feet (35 m) long, and the Long Barracks was 186 feet (57 m) long and 18 feet (5.5 m) wide. [37] The army began its march north in late December. At the Alamo in San Antonio, then called Bejar, 150 Texas rebels led by William Barret Travis made their stand against Santa Anna's vastly superior Mexican army. A large 18-pounder had arrived in Texas with the New Orleans Greys. He did meet nineteen-year-old Ben Highsmith, who had left the Alamo as a courier before Santa Anna's arrival. (Todish, Colonel Juan Almonte's journal did not mention any skirmishes that evening. One group of Texians scrambled to herd cattle into the Alamo, while others s… [31] Historian Lon Tinkle speculated that the combination of the church bell ringing and the sight of the two Texian scouts led Sesma to believe that the Texians were planning an assault on the cavalry. [50] When the Mexican troops raised a blood-red flag signifying no quarter, Travis responded with a blast from the Alamo's largest cannon. [112] Meanwhile, Bonham had spoken with Fannin, who again declined to relieve the Alamo. [60], That afternoon Mexican soldiers were posted east of the Alamo, on the road to Gonzales. This episode was first mentioned in a newspaper article written thirty-five years after the Alamo fell by a reporter who said his parents heard the story directly from Rose. Crockett and his men were encouraged to keep shooting, as they rarely missed and thus didn't waste shot. [47] Other members of the garrison failed to report for duty; most of the men working outside Béxar did not try to sneak past Mexican lines. While they were not successful and the Alamo fell, it remains a key moment in the fight and in American history. He boasted to Texian Army commander Sam Houston that the Texians could "whip 10 to 1 with our artillery". It's Full of Bullet Holes and Old Bottles. The next night, his army camped on the Nueces River, 119 miles (192 km) from Bexar. Texian Green Jameson tasked the men in the Alamo with finishing a well at the south end of the plaza. [68] Santa Anna sent Colonel Juan Bringas to engage the Texians, and according to Edmondson, one Texian was killed. Holes had been carved in the walls to allow the Texians to fire. [60], After dark, a small party of Texians left the Alamo to burn down more of the huts; all were able to return to the Alamo without injury. "[56] The letter was eventually reprinted throughout the United States and much of Europe. If our soldiers are driven back, the next line in their rear must force those before them forward, and compel them to scale the walls, cost what it may. [28][Note 4] Bowie was unable to transport the artillery since the Alamo garrison lacked the necessary draft animals. [138] Three Texians were sent to act as sentries outside the walls. Although the general showed himself, the violence continued and the buglers were finally ordered to sound a retreat. 13 DAYS of GLORY at the siege of ALAMO!!! [90], The last Texian verified to have left the Alamo was James Allen, a courier who carried personal messages from Travis and several of the other men on March 5. By the time they reached the other side it was dark, and the men camped along the river. [58] By the end of the first full day of siege the Mexican army had been reinforced by 600 of Sesma's troops. 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