Before the sun had even risen on this day in 1836, the Alamo – where Travis, Bowie and Crockett and roughly 200 other defenders were besieged while waging a war of revolution against a tyrannical government – fell to the overwhelming might of the Mexican army led by the Dictator Santa Anna. The brave defenders were all killed.
The Mexicans slaughtered the Texians when the battlements fell, and achieved a complete victory. The defeat galvanized the Texian army and became a rallying cry for the revolution. Santa Anna and the Mexican army paid a high cost for the Alamo victory when the Texians won the war decisively a month later at the Battle of San Jacinto with cries of “Remember the Alamo!”