state of disrepair, including the low barracksbuilding on the south side. On the west side ofthe Alamo were a series of adobe hutsprotected by a stone wall which ran acrossto the north side; on the eastern side of theAlamo was a two story building whichcontained the long barracks, convent andhospital; the Alamo church sat in the southeast corner facing west. It was only throughthe military engineer Green Jamesonsinspirations that the Alamo mission could befortified. Despite its 18 cannons the Alamowas considered by most military experts notable to be suitably defended. MilitaryHistorians later agreed the Alamo would havetaken over one thousand men to properly
Day Three, Feb 25, 1836“Fellow citizens & 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 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 name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch- 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. Commandancy of the Alamo Bexar. Feby. 24th 1836 P.S. The Lord is on our side- When the enemy appeared in sight we had not three bushels of corn- We have since found in deserted houses 80 or 90 bushels & got into the walls 20 or 30 heads of beeves.
Day SixFeb. 28, 1836 Presidio La Bahia (Fort Defiance) James Butler Bonham James Fannin
Day SevenFeb. 29, 1836 Both Suzanna Dickinson, wife of Almeron Dickinson, and Colonel Travis noted Crockett’s efforts to improve the worsening morale of the troops. Mrs. Dickinson recalled that Crockett often cheered the troops withhis fiddle. Travis reported in a letter to Sam Houston that Crockett seemed to cheer the Crocketts fiddle men at all points. Eventhe ill Bowie had his bed moved out into the open, where he
Day Eight, March 1, 1836 The immortal 32 The Gonzales Ranging Company of Mounted Volunteers
The Immortal 32Albert Martin James GeorgeIsaac Baker Thomas JacksonJohn Cane Johnny KelloggGeorge Washington Andrew Kent Cottle George C KimballDavid Cummings John G KingSquire Damon William P KingJacob Darst Jonathan LindleyJohn Davis Jesse McCoyWilliam Dearduff Thomas MillerCharles Despallier Isaac MillsapsWilliam Fishbaugh George NegganJohn Flanders William SummersDolphin W. Floyd George TumlinsonGalba Fuqua Robert WhiteJohn E Garvin Claiborne WrightJohn E Gaston
Sketch of view of gap in wall where Davy Crockett and his Tcountrymen fought
youre surrounded, outnumbered ten to one, the enemy has announced thatthey are taking no prisoners, and theyare pouring over the walls, but within your soul you still have options. You can decide that something is worthdying for. That here is where you will stand. That here is where you willdraw the line. Because there is such asthing as victory in death. There is such as thing as immortality. If something is worth dying for, that means it is also worth living for.”