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The Alamo Still Echoes

In the summer of 2003, I took nine managers to a regional trade show and convention in San Antonio. It’s a big city with a lot of history. Old Spanish missions with awesome entry doors and gates still dot the city. One of those is sacred to Texans. I speak of course of the Alamo.

The whole gang of us went to Morton’s, a fine steak place very close to the Alamo. After they broke me, I suggested we walk the short distance to see the Alamo. It was dark but I assured the skeptics that the Alamo was well lighted and they would be glad they took the time. Some of my people just don’t get out much and had never seen the great shrine of Texas.

When we got to the Alamo there were lots of locals and tourists milling around. Several horse drawn carriages were doing a brisk business. The front of the Alamo was brightly lit and as we came near, I saw Texas Rangers strategically placed around the Alamo. They are always there.

I found the little patch of velvet green ground for which I was looking. In the middle of it was a slab of granite, with an engraved plaque on top. This was what I most wanted the young managers to see. I called them over so they could read the plaque. There was a chain on stakes around this monument that kept us about five feet from it. I watched the faces of the young managers as they read the words on the plaque. It is something I will always remember.

It got even more unforgettable, when all heck broke loose. You see young Wanda from our group had decided to get a closer look at the plaque. She was inside the chain with her face not a foot from the plaque, determined to read it, up close and personal. Let’s just say the Texas Rangers didn’t appreciate her presence inside the chain.

The Rangers came from everywhere, yelling at the top of their lungs, “Mam, get away. Get off the grass. YOU PEOPLE GET BACK! Get away from the monument!” It was quite a scene as they descended upon us. I’m sure the tourists in the area thought we were about to be locked away or tasered of worse. I worked it all out with a sincere apology and the promise we were on our way. Wanda thought it was funny. She was crazy that way.

What were the words on the plaque you ask?

Commandancy of the Alamo——

Bejar Fby. 24th 1836

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 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 wall —– I shall never Surrender or retreat.

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 & 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

The Alamo fell on the thirteenth day of siege, March 6, 1836. As promised, all defenders were put to death and their bodies burned. Just a few weeks later, Sam Houston led enraged Texans in the battle of San Jacinto, near the current city of Houston. The victory was total. Texas was free.

Today, schools all over Texas and many of the 254 counties in Texas bear the names of the Alamo defenders. You could do some good tomorrow for your children, if you could relate the courage and sacrifice of those men of the Alamo.

Our history and our freedom can slip away from us if we don’t share the stories of the pain and the sacrifice of the patriots who preceeded us. The Alamo is not just a story for Texans. After all, Texas is a state of mind that exists wherever people are willing to risk their lives for their freedom.

Courage and freedom. Pass it on.

texasgalt
Texas native. Conservative small businessman with 31 years experience. Government should roll back the nanny state. No country can tax its way to prosperity. The question isn't who will let me but who will stop me?

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    • Texas is under siege again, even more than the rest of the country. Zero, with his EPA is determined to bring us to heel. We seem to losing in the courts but not in our hearts.

      Have no doubt if this continues, we will reach that moment when we say GTH and do your worst. It’s amazing how much I hear that sentiment from friends.

      It is not within most Texans to be told by some far and distant corrupt city-state how we will live every detail of our lives. We will not be herded into trains or busses nor forced into little tin cans to go to and fro. Good heavens, it’s 900 miles from Texarkana to El Paso. Leave us alone and leave us with our pick-ups.

      As I said in my prior scribble, the Alamo and Texas are really not places but a state of mind. All who yearn to breathe free have a right to a piece of both, and we Texans say take it, and welcome. We are brothers in arms against tyranny.

      • Meant to reply to this perfectly timed article eariler, TG, Yes if one lives in TX – or Louisiana – right now, this feeling of estrangement from the federal government is eerie and unmmistakeably real and one never felt before by any of these generations who thought we lived in a united country. It’s every bit as much the feds have declared war on Texas and Louisiana legally and economically, as much as it is a feeling of wanting to leave. Then, I remembered (through benefit of other posts here) Balkanization is one of the steps of the Alinsky program. -0-s plans would go forth much quicker without a bloc of 38 red electoral votes embedded between the Sabine and Rio Grande Rivers – why not run it off or neutralize it?
        Alarming, and sadly, true.

  1. I have visited the Alamo and was surprised at how small it really is. And I was able to get a telephoto great pic of the plaque which I still have.

    I was just disappointed about all the souvenir stalls inside but I guess that’s inevitable. I opted instead of buying a trinket to just make a donation.

    • Yes, LIO, what’s left is small. When it was defended against Santa Anna, there was a much bigger perimeter to defend, most of whcih was marked by stockade fencing and outbuildings that served as sleepng quarters and storage.

      The Alamo has been commercialized but one can get the real history by listening to the private citizens who relate in vivid detail what occured at the Alamo. They do this several times a day, outside the Alamo (in the garden on the southside, iirc).

    • Texas is under siege again, even more than the rest of the country. Zero, with his EPA is determined to bring us to heel. We seem to losing in the courts but not in our hearts.

      Have no doubt if this continues, we will reach that moment when we say GTH and do your worst. It’s amazing how much I hear that sentiment from friends.

      It is not within most Texans to be told by some far and distant corrupt city-state how we will live every detail of our lives. We will not be herded into trains or busses nor forced into little tin cans to go to and fro. Good heavens, it’s 900 miles from Texarkana to El Paso. Leave us alone and leave us with our pick-ups.

      As I said in my prior scribble, the Alamo and Texas are really not places but a state of mind. All who yearn to breathe free have a right to a piece of both, and we Texans say take it, and welcome. We are brothers in arms against tyranny.

      • Meant to reply to this perfectly timed article eariler, TG, Yes if one lives in TX – or Louisiana – right now, this feeling of estrangement from the federal government is eerie and unmmistakeably real and one never felt before by any of these generations who thought we lived in a united country. It’s every bit as much the feds have declared war on Texas and Louisiana legally and economically, as much as it is a feeling of wanting to leave. Then, I remembered (through benefit of other posts here) Balkanization is one of the steps of the Alinsky program. -0-s plans would go forth much quicker without a bloc of 38 red electoral votes embedded between the Sabine and Rio Grande Rivers – why not run it off or neutralize it?
        Alarming, and sadly, true.

  1. I have visited the Alamo and was surprised at how small it really is. And I was able to get a telephoto great pic of the plaque which I still have.

    I was just disappointed about all the souvenir stalls inside but I guess that’s inevitable. I opted instead of buying a trinket to just make a donation.

    • Yes, LIO, what’s left is small. When it was defended against Santa Anna, there was a much bigger perimeter to defend, most of whcih was marked by stockade fencing and outbuildings that served as sleepng quarters and storage.

      The Alamo has been commercialized but one can get the real history by listening to the private citizens who relate in vivid detail what occured at the Alamo. They do this several times a day, outside the Alamo (in the garden on the southside, iirc).

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