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The Defense of The Alamo

“Thermopylae had its messenger of defeat; The Alamo had none.”

 
 
The Defense of the Alamo Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Walker, July 14, 2007
1. The Defense of the Alamo Marker
Inscription. The Alamo in 1836 consisted of this church, the convent and a large rectangular area or plaza, an enclosure of about six acres surrounded by walls with barracks on the west side of the plaza. On February 23, 1836 Colonel William Barret Travis entered the Alamo with an approximate force of two hundred men. The siege commanded by General Santa Anna and an army of several thousand Mexican soldiers lasted nearly two weeks. At dawn on Sunday, March 6, the final assault was made, and in less than an hour the defenders slain, later the bodies were burned by order of General Santa Anna. This victory in defeat was the means of uniting the colonists in a determined effort to resist further oppression and by armed force secure permanent independence.

“It was here that a gallant few, the bravest of the brave, threw themselves between the enemy and the settlements, determined never to surrender nor retreat. They redeemed their pledge to Texas with the forfeit of their lives - they fell the chosen sacrifice to Texas Freedom.” — Newell
 
Location. 29° 25.505′ N, 98° 29.189′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Alamo Plaza. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio TX 78205, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
The Alamo image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Walker, July 14, 2007
2. The Alamo
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Alamo in 1836 (a few steps from this marker); San Antonio Section - National Council of Jewish Women (within shouting distance of this marker); Barbed Wire Demonstration (within shouting distance of this marker); Soldiers of the War of 1812 Who Fought for Texas (within shouting distance of this marker); Menger Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Menger Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Menger Bar (within shouting distance of this marker); Alamo Low Barracks and Main Gateway (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in San Antonio.
 
Also see . . .  The Alamo Website. In the early 1800s, the Spanish military stationed a cavalry unit at the former [Misión San Antonio de Valero]. The soldiers referred to the old mission as the Alamo (the Spanish word for “cottonwood”) in honor of their hometown Alamo de Parras, Coahuila. The post’s commander established the first recorded hospital in Texas in the Long Barrack. The Alamo was home to both Revolutionaries and Royalists during Mexico's ten-year struggle for independence. The military—Spanish, Rebel, and then Mexican—continued to occupy the Alamo until the Texas Revolution. (Submitted on July 22, 2008.)
Entrance to The Alamo’s Gift Shop. image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Walker, July 14, 2007
3. Entrance to The Alamo’s Gift Shop.
 
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.War, Mexican-American
 
Tree on Grounds of The Alamo. image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Walker, July 14, 2007
4. Tree on Grounds of The Alamo.
Cactus on the grounds of the Alamo image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Walker, July 14, 2007
5. Cactus on the grounds of the Alamo
The Six Flags of Texas image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Walker, July 14, 2007
6. The Six Flags of Texas
Tour guide at the Alamo with the six flags of Texas in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,533 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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