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Battle of the Alamo by Jeffery Robenalt
After the defeat of General Cos at the siege of San Antonio, Texans
thought their independence was won. They failed to understand that
General Santa Anna was enraged over the disturbances at Anahuac
and Cos's surrender. The dictator would never rest until his soldiers
either killed every Anglo-American and Tejano rebel who openly defied
his rule or drove them across the Sabine River and out of Texas
Mass Grave of the Alamo Defenders -
A Virtually Unknown Feature of the Most Written-about Event in Texas
Women of 1836, Part III, Mary Millsap by Linda-Kirkpatrick
"... Mary Millsap, wife of Isaac Millsap, Gonzales Ranger.
Isaac was the oldest defender at the Alamo and Mary was now one
of the oldest widows. Not only was Mary left with the burden of
seven children to raise but she had been blind for many years..."
Dickinson by Linda-Kirkpatrick
"...Susannah picked up Angelina and followed the officer into
the courtyard. It was then that she viewed a site that history books
can never describe. The air was still and there was a deafening
hush all around. The bodies of the brave dead Texans lay stacked
in piles, later to become funeral pyres spreading smoke and history
to the sky above..."
Backdoor by Mike Cox
Who first noted that the old Spanish mission in San Antonio had
no back door? And what if the Alamo did have a back door, or at
least a secret escape route? On Sept. 15, 1894, the Eagle Pass Guide
reprinted a story from the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, “The Alamo’s
the lesser-known heroes of the Alamo by Murray Montgomery
Alamo messengers John William Smith and James L. Allen
from the Alamo by Murray Montgomery
"...I've also had a desire to get my information from the original
sources - that is, those folks who actually lived, loved, fought,
and died during those turbulent times of early Texas..."
in the Sand by Mike Cox
"By March 5, 1836, Col. William Barrett Travis had known for
several days that his situation inside the old Spanish mission called
the Alamo had become hopeless..."
Davy survive? by Bob Bowman
Did Davy Crockett survive the battle of the Alamo, only to be sent
to Mexico as a prisoner and forced to work in a mine? The possibility
was raised in an edition of Southwestern Historical Quarterly in
April of 1940...
Crockett Memorial Building, Crockett, Texas by Sarah Reveley
Initial Correspondence from Mr. David London:
"I am sending a copy of a letter written by William B.
Travis at the Alamo that has been in my family for over 160 years...
We have never offered it for sale... It had never been published..."
From Travis' hand to the State Archives
or Is there a Graphologist in the house? by John Troesser
Spirit of Sacrifice, aka The Alamo Cenotaph by John Troesser
The man who witnessed Travis' death at the Alamo
Monument by Mike Cox
In 1912, a San Antonio group began raising money to build a monument
to the defenders of the Alamo. But the memorial they wanted for
Alamo Plaza would not be any run of the mill monument. It would
be Texas-sized and then some, an architectural wonder...
Hero by W. T. Block Jr.
Trail of Thread by W. T. Block
Some Alamo Heroes Fought Twice for Texas
C. Kimble and Almaron Dickinson, Heroic hat makers at the Alamo
by Murray Montgomery
of The Alamo... Remembering Adina De Zava by Murray Montgomery
"If it hadn't been for her efforts, the Alamo might
well have been replaced by a parking lot."
to the Battle of the Alamo - An Unidentified Mexican Soldier's Personal
Account of the Historic Struggle by Murray Montgomery
Letters by Mike Cox
The impassioned letters Col. William B. Travis sent by courier from
the Alamo are dramatic pieces of writing, but they are not the only
surviving words of someone who died in the old Spanish mission on
March 6, 1836.
Ghosts - Dawn at the Alamo by James L. Choron 4-4-04
An ghost encounter, and chilling tales of ghostly experiences at
Alamo's Red River Connection by Bob Bowman
Marksman by Bob Bowman
Cabin by Bob Bowman
When Juan Antonio Badillo left East Texas in 1836 and enlisted for
six months service with the new Republic of Texas, he left two legacies.
One, he was one of only a handful of Tejanos - Mexicans born in
Texas - who died at the Alamo on March 6, 1836. Two, he left a still-standing
log cabin that could be among East Texas' oldest structures...
Cowards by Mike Cox
Museum by Sarah Reveley
Survivor Enrique Esparza
- Historical Marker. Enrique Esparza is buried in the El Carmen
Cemetery in Losoya
the Alamo, Battle of the Alamo Reenacted
by Terry Jeanson
Alamos by Mike Cox
by Mike Cox
Cartoons by Roger T. Moore
6, 1836: The Alamo