The Alamo in 1836
Entry to former Mission San Antonio de Valero - better known as the Alamo - was made through an arched gateway located in the middle of a single-storied structure called the Low Barrack. The Texans mounted cannon around the perimeter of the three-acre compound to help repel the expected attack by Santa Anna's forces. Located directly behind the entrance was a small earthwork fitted with two cannon. The Texan guns, captured by Mexican soldiers once they entered the compound, were turned on the defenders who retreated to the Long Barrack and the church once the walls were taken. The structures in the illustration are (left to right) the west wall, the north wall and the Long Barrack.
...they turned the enemy's own cannon to bring down the doors to the rooms or the rooms themselves; a horrible carnage took place, and some were trampled to death. The tumult was great, the disorder frightful; it seemed as if the furies had descended upon us; different groups of soldiers were firing in all directions, on their comrades and on their officers, so that one was as likely to die by a friendly hand as by an enemy's.
Erected by City of San Antonio and the U.S. General Services Administration Good Neighbor Program.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Forts or Castles.
Location. 29° 25.53′ N, 98° 29.202′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker is on Alamo Plaza north of East Commerce Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Antonio TX 78205, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alamo Low Barracks and Main Gateway (a few steps from this marker); Mission San Antonio de Valero Indian Quarters (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The Alamo in 1836 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Alamo / El Alamo (within shouting distance of this marker); Founding of the Mission and Origin of Name (within shouting distance of this marker); Letter From The Alamo (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Alamo in 1836 (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Alamo in 1836 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Antonio.
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