178 Years ago today, the Alamo – where Travis, Bowie and Crockett were besieged while waging a war of revolution against a tyrannical government,  fell to the Mexican army led by the Dictator Santa Anna.

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The Mexicans slaughtered the Texians when the battlements fell, and achieved a resounding victory. The cost of that victory was the loss of the war a month later at the Battle of San Jacinto.

I include a facsimile of the letter by Col. William B. Travis on this occasion, with the text as well. Remember The Alamo.

Travis's letter from Alamo

To the People of Texas & All Americans in the World:
Fellow citizens & compatriots—I am besieged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under 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…

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