San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Alamo in 1836
One of the weakest points of the fortified former mission was an open space between the old church and the Low Barrack. During the Siege of Béxar, Mexican troops constructed a palisade, or double log-wall, to close the exposed area. The Texans strengthened existing fortifications upon taking possession of the Alamo following the defeat of General Martin Perfecto de Cos' forces in early December 1835. The structures shown in the foreground of the illustration are (left to right) the Low Barrack, the Palisade Wall, the Long Barrack, and the south side of the church.
January 18, 1836
To Major General Sam Houston
You can plainly see...that the Alamo was not built by a military people for a fortress, tho' it is strong, there is not a redoubt [a small breastwork] that will command the whole line of the fort....
Green B. Jameson
Military Engineer, Texian Army
February 23, 1836
Colonel Crockett yet standing by, remarked to him [William B. Travis], “Colonel, here I am. Assign me a position, and I and my twelve boys will try to defend it.” Travis replied that he wanted him to defend the picket wall extending from the end of the barracks, on the south side, to the corner of the church.
Dr. John Sutherland
Location. 29° 25.514′ N, 98° 29.183′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker is at the intersection of Crockett Street and Alamo Plaza, on the right when traveling west on Crockett Street. Touch for map. Marker is near the south boundary wall around the Alamo Shrine grounds, across Crockett Street from the Menger Hotel. 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 Defense of The Alamo (a few steps from this marker); Soldiers of the War of 1812 Who Fought for Texas (within shouting distance of this marker); San Antonio Section - National Council of Jewish Women (within shouting distance of this marker); Alamo Low Barracks and Main Gateway (within shouting distance of this marker); Menger Hotel (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); Menger Bar (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Antonio.
Also see . . .
1. History of the Alamo. (Submitted on May 18, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Alamo. (Submitted on May 18, 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 18, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,326 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 18, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.