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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Travis Writes Letter Today

Today on February 24, 1836  William Barret Travis, commander of the Alamo, wrote his letter
 
Travis' Letter from the Alamo by adhoc alley
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Travis' Letter from the Alamo by adhoc alley.
This bas-relief sculpture is on the exterior of the San Jacinto Monument.
The letter begins: "To the People of Texas and All Americans in the World," and the text declares
"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 --

VICTORY OR DEATH

William Barret 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 --

Travis

 

1 comment:

Billy Muyo! said...

Will -

Your post reminds me of the blog "Letters of Note." You might want to check it out - http://www.lettersofnote.com/

- bgh