By Stephen Hardin

At the morning of 6 March 1836 round 1,100 Mexican infantrymen below Generalissimo Santa Anna stormed a small undertaking outdoor San Antonio, Texas, and slaughtered the garrison of round 2 hundred Texans. It was once no longer a wide conflict yet its value drastically outweighed its dimension for the identify of the challenge used to be the Alamo. lower than months later Santa Anna's strength used to be smashed at San Jacinto via a volunteer military whose conflict cry used to be "Remember the Alamo". Stephen L Hardin info the climactic 1836 crusade which gained Texas her independence.

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Following Cos's withdrawal in D e c e m b e r 1835, the council n a m e d Neill garrison c o m m a n d e r at Béxar. T h e Alamo held a few 21 tubes of varied calibers. With large artillery e x p e r i e n c e and al usual military fee, Neill was once the usual submit commander. T h r o u g h o u t J a n u a r y he started working fortifying the project fortress at the outskirts of city. significant G r e e n B . J a m e s o n , the Alamo's leader engineer, m o u n t e d lots of the o r d n a n c e at the partitions. Writing to normal H o u s t o n , he b r a g g e d that if the centralists have been i m p r u d e n t e n o u g h tol attack t h e castle, the defenders may "whip 10 to at least one with o u r artillery. " His predictions may turn out excessively confident. In a 14 January letter to Houston, Neill groused that his m e n have been in al "torpid, defenseless situation. " that very same day he dispatched a grim message to Smith and the provisional executive. "Unless we're strengthened and victualled," he asserted, "we needs to turn into a simple prey to the enemy. " via 17 January, H o u s t o n h a d b e g u n to d o u b t the p r u d e n c e of maintaining Neill's garrison in Béxar. Writing from Goliad on that date, he expert Smith that he h a d o r d e r e d Colonel J a m e s Bowie and al c o m p a n y of volunteers to San A n t o n i o . conventional false impression of this letter's c o n t e n t s created the main chronic c a n a r d of the Alamo tale: H o u s t o n o r d e r e d the citadel a b a n d o n e d ; through willfully disobeying this order, the defenders have been brokers in their personal destruction; h a d they just H o u s t o n ' s orders, they can have p r e v e n t e d their destiny. Such is the chronic cant. because it as a rule is, the reality was once a long way m o r e difficult. For the cautious reader, H o u s t o n ' s personal phrases exhibit the truth of the problem: "Colonel Bowie will depart h e r e in a couple of h o u r s for Béxar with a detachment of from thirty to fifty m e n ... i've got o r d e r e d t h e fortifications within the city of Bexar to be demolished, and, when you imagine good of it, i'm going to eliminate the entire c a n n o n a n d o t h e r m u n i t i o n s of struggle to Gonzales and Copano, blow up the Alamo a n d a b a n d o n where, because it should be most unlikely to maintain t h e Station with volunteers. [T] he s o o n e r i will be approved the higher will probably be for the rustic. " [Author's emphasis] Houston truly desired to raze the Alamo, b u t it really is likewise visible that he used to be looking Smith's permission to take action. T h e r e have been few concerns upon which Smith a n d the council may perhaps concur. however, b o t h the governor and the council have been in a g r e e m e n t that they m u s t hold the Alamo. eventually, Smith refused to approve H o u s t o n ' s notion. On 19 January, Bowie r o d e into the Alamo. W h a t he observed inspired him. The previous project h a d b e g u n to tackle the a p p e a r a n c e of a true fortress. Neill's a r g u m e n t s a n d management electrified Bowie. "I c a n n o t eulogize the c o n d u c t & personality of Col.

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