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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.

I call on you in the name of Liberty

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.

It’s traditional to read this aloud on the 2nd of March. Even Gov. Ann Richards did it when she was in office. But as it was actually written 175 years ago today…

Much more detail at this classic site. And a contemporary view via the Alamo cam. And the Deguello bugle call of No Quarter which the dictator’s troops played before the final dawn assault on March 6, 1836.

Texas Independence Day

As Lyle Lovette says: "No, you’re not from Texas. But Texas wants you anyway."

So, here’s what you do. Read the following aloud, with a measured cadence and a certain solemnity:

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 Alamo cam. And the Deguello bugle call of No Quarter which the Mexicans played before the final dawn assault on March 6, 1836.

(I left off the beeves and corn of the p.s. My precedent is what Barry is doing to the Defense budget in wartime.)

Fall of the Alamo

Today, at dawn, one hundred and seventy-two years ago, the Mexican army’s thirteen day seige of the Alamo ended with an attack that slew the Alamo defenders. Well, most of them, as the women and some of the children inside the walls were allowed to walk free, and a few went on to talk about what had happened. There were, however, some frauds.