Tag Archives: The Alamo

Me and Buck Travis

Gotta like this view of an F-16 from my native state (me and William Barret “Buck” Travis of the Alamo), and the colorful “shock diamonds” in its exhaust. But it needs to come home from Afghanistan ASAP, along with the rest of our troops. Thanks to Obozo and the Pentagon, their mission is a true disaster.

Then, I call on you in the name of liberty

It’s traditional here to read this aloud on the 2nd of March, which is Texas Independence Day. Even big-Lib Gov. Ann Richards did it when she was in office.

Commandancy of the Alamo

Bexar, Feby. 24th, 1836

To the People of Texas & all Americans in the World– Fellow
Citizens and 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 despatch–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.

Much more detail at this classic site. And a contemporary view via the Alamocam. After 176 years you can still “hear” some of the Alamo in this Deguello bugle call of No Quarter. The dictator’s troops played it before their final, successful dawn assault on March 6, 1836.

Dear Charlie

In the title tale of my short story collection Leaving the Alamo: Texas Stories After Vietnam (newly available for the Kindle at 99 cents a copy) the ghost of Alamo commander Lieutenant Colonel William Barret Travis laments the death of his son Charlie:

“He thought of Charlie whose story he had read in old newspapers: failed at politics, cashiered from the Army, disgraced and adrift on the land. Dear Charlie.”

The sensational incident that disgraced Captain Charles Edward Travis, his dramatic Army courts martial for “conduct unbecoming…,” occurred one hundred fifty-five years ago today, March 15, 1856, at Fort Mason in the Hill Country, southwest of Austin. He died of tuberculosis four years later.

Earliest known view of the Alamo

earlyalamoA ca. 1835-36 sketch by Jose Juan Sanchez Navarro, an officer in the besieging Mexican army.

Alamo Chapel


For those who have never been there, or have been but have forgotten what it looks like inside. No Texas blog can have too many pictures of the Alamo. Although I believe this was taken before the souvenir-trinket cases at the far end behind the camera were removed to a separate building elsewhere on the grounds. Then, the flags of all the states and countries the defenders came from were scrunched into a tiny room to the left of the entrance. They now line the walls here in the outer room. More such pictures, inside and out, old and new, some you’ve probably never seen, are available here.

Alamo chapel, 1847


The seldom seen interior, eleven years after the battle. Other rarely seen images are here