Wednesday, March 07, 2007

To The People of Texas and All Americans In The World

Travis wrote this as the seige was pressed around the Alamo. It used to be studied and memorized by school children, or so I have read. All I learned about the Alamo in school was that it happened.

Commandancy of the Alamo-
Bejar, Feby. 24th, 1836

To The People of Texas and All Americans In The World --
February 24, 1836

Fellow citizens compatriots --

I am beseiged, 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 to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken -- I have answered the demand with a 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, every thing dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch -- The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily 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 his own honor that of his country --


William Barret Travis
Lt. Col. Comdt.
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