San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Alamo in 1836
The fortress known to history as “The Alamo” was originally built by the Spanish in the 18th Century. Named Mission San Antonio de Valero by Franciscan officials, the mission occupied this site from 1724 until it was closed in 1793. The mission compound encompassed modern Alamo Plaza. The church was never completed and lacked a roof at the time of the famous 1836 siege and battle. Today this building is recognized world-wide as the Shrine of Texas Liberty. The structures shown in the illustration are (left to right) the Long Barrack, the front of the church, and the Palisade Wall.
February 25, 1836
To Major General Sam Houston
... Our numbers are few and the enemy still continues to approximate his works to ours. I have every reason to apprehend an attack from his whole force very soon; but I shall hold out to the last extremity, hoping to secure reinforcements in a day or two. Do hasten on aid to me as rapidly as possible, as from the superior number of the enemy, it will be impossible for us to keep them out much longer. If they overpower us, we fall a sacrifice at the shrine of our country, and we hope prosperity and our country will do our memory justice. Give me help, oh my Country! Victory or Death!
William Barret Travis
Lieut. Col., Commanding
Location. 29° 25.553′ N, 98° 29.19′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker is on Alamo Plaza, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is next to the exterior SW corner wall of the Long Barrack of the Alamo Mission compound. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio TX 78205, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Birthplace of Freemasonry in West Texas (here, next to this marker); Masonic Heroes of the Alamo (here, next to this marker); Ruins of the Habitations of the Friars and Indians (a few steps from this marker); Letter From The Alamo (a few steps from this marker); Founding of the Mission and Origin of Name (a few steps from this marker); Clara Driscoll (a few steps from this marker); Adina de Zavala (a few steps from this marker); The Alamo (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Antonio.
Also see . . .
1. The Alamo. (Submitted on May 17, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Alamo. (Submitted on May 17, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 17, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,464 times since then and 83 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on November 23, 2010, by I.G.V.Atajar of San Jose, California. 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 17, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.