San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Letter From The Alamo
Commandancy of the Alamo,
Bexar, Feby. 24th, 1836-
To the people of Texas & all Americans in the world--
Fellow citizens and compatriots
I am besieged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans and Santa Anna - I have sustained a continual bombardment & cannonade for 24 hours & have not lost a man - the enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken-I have answered the demand with cannon shot, & our flag still waves proudly from the walls - I SHALL NEVER SURRENDER OR RETREAT then, I call on you in the name of liberty, of patriotism & everthing dear to the American character to come to our aid, with all dispatch - the enemy is receiving reinforcements daily and will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days.
If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to own honor & that of his country, VICTORY OR DEATH
William Barrett Travis
Lt. Col. Comdt.
P.S. the Lord is on our side - when the enemy appeared in sight we had not three bushels of corn - we have since found in deserted houses 80 or 90 bushels & got into the walls 20 or 30 head of beeves-
Location. Touch for map. Located on the grassy area out front of the entrance to the Alamo. 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. Founding of the Mission and Origin of Name (here, next to this marker); The Birthplace of Freemasonry in West Texas (a few steps from this marker); Masonic Heroes of the Alamo (a few steps from this marker); The Alamo in 1836 (a few steps from this marker); Ruins of the Habitations of the Friars and Indians (a few steps from this marker); Adina de Zavala (within shouting distance of this marker); Clara Driscoll (within shouting distance of this marker); The Alamo (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Antonio.
Also see . . .
1. The Alamo. The Shrine of Texas Liberty (Submitted on October 26, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
2. William Barret Travis' Letter from the Alamo. (Submitted on October 26, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Patriots & Patriotism • War, Texas Independence •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 26, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 410 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 26, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.