Battle of the Alamo

March 6, 2022

The Battle of the Alamo took place between Texans and Mexicans from February 23 to March 6, 1836, during the Texas Revolution. Led by President General Santa Anna, a force of about 1800 Mexican troops marched across the Rio Grande, targeting the Alamo garrison. The Texans were led by Lieutenant Colonel William Travis and the frontiersman James Bowie. The Texas army had only an estimated 187 soldiers, but they managed to defend the fort for 13 days.

At the dawn of March 6, the Mexican troops laid out a major attack. The Texans held off the first few attacks but were eventually overpowered due to insufficient troop numbers. The Mexican soldiers managed to climb up the fort’s walls. After the 13-day siege and a fierce fight, the Alamo was captured and all the remaining Texas soldiers killed, including a former Tennessee congressman David Crockett.

While the entire Texas army was wiped out, the Mexican army had about 600 casualties. Some of the spared Texans were sent over to Commander Sam Houston’s camp in Gonzalez by General Santa Anna to warn him about the fate of other Texans if the rebellion did not stop.

This battle was a pivotal event in the Texas struggle for independence. On April 21, 1836, volunteers inspired by the cry of “Remember the Alamo” under the command of Sam Houston defeated General Santa Anna in the Battle of San Jacinto. This victory ultimately secured Texas its independence from Mexico.

4 Comments

  1. Manuel Remos

    According to the DAR who maintain the Alamo the occupants gave up their citizenship to form their own republic in Mexican territory. They were asked to vacate the Alamo and they refused. Sorry for the loss of life, but they were trespassers. Leaving out that bit of information in history books during my upbringing as a Mexican-american child in school, all I ever heard was from white classmates was that demeaning phrase.
    Please get all the facts about history dates correct to make yourselves believable
    Thank you

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  2. Michael Buchanan

    You failed to mention that slavery was illegal in Mexico and the ex-American settlers, who had sworn an oath to Mexico, wanted to keep their slaves they had brought with them to Northern Mexico. Also, you didn’t mention that Jim Bowie was a former slave trader from Louisiana. Your last sentence should read; This victory ultimately secured slavery in what was to become the Republic of Texas. The article is just more WHITE-wash of history. What a shame…

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  3. CLARENCE W WEIDNER

    the pitcher displayed is not right : the top of the chapel was not fashioned until much later by the US ARMY
    the flag flying not only is it wrong it is not the Texas flag the white is over the red (light over dark)
    the right flag was green white red with 1824 in the center

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  4. Greg

    A very lame and one sided history of the Alamo. The real story in history is in fact that the Mexicans worked with the Texans as a buffer between warring native Americans. Then the Mexicans decried slavery by the Americans this notion was unacceptable and that was one impulse to attack.

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