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Old 03-04-2015, 07:01 AM   #1
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DAY 11: March 4, 1836
Santa Anna ordered his artillery batteries moved closer to the Alamo. The prolonged artillery attack continues.

To the President of the Convention
March 3, 1836

COMMANDANCY OF THE ALAMO, BEJAR: In the present confusion of the political authorities of the country, and in the absence of the commander-in-chief, I beg leave to communicate to you the situation of this garrison. You have doubtless already seen my official report of the action of the 25th ult. made on that day to General Sam Houston, together with the various communications heretofore sent by express. I shall, therefore, confine myself to what has transpired since that date.

From the 25th to the present date, the enemy have kept up a bombardment from two howitzers (one a five and a half inch, and the other an eight inch) and a heavy cannonade from two long nine-pounders, mounted on a battery on the opposite side of the river, at a distance of four hundred yards from our walls. During this period the enemy has been busily employed in encircling us with entrenchments on all sides, at the following distance, to wit -- in Bexar, four hundred yards west; in Lavilleta, three hundred yards south; at the powder-house, one thousand yards east by south; on the ditch, eight hundred yards north. Notwithstanding all this, a company of thirty-two men from Gonzales, made their way into us on the morning of the 1st inst, at three o'clock, and Col. J.B. Bonham (a courier from Gonzales) got in this morning at eleven o'clock without molestation. I have so fortified this place, that the walls are generally proof against cannon-balls; and I shall continue to entrench on the inside, and strengthen the walls by throwing up dirt. At least two hundred shells have fallen inside our works without having injured a single man; indeed, we have been so fortunate as not to lose a man from any cause, and we have killed many of the enemy. The spirits of my men are still high, although they have had much to depress them. We have contended for ten days against an enemy whose numbers are variously estimated at from fifteen hundred to six thousand, with Gen. Ramirez Sesma and Col. Bartres, the aid-de-camp of Santa Anna, at their head. A report was circulated that Santa Anna himself was with the enemy, but I think it was false. A reinforcement of one thousand men is now entering Bexar from the west, and I think it more than probable that Santa Anna is now in town, from the rejoicing we hear. Col. Fannin is said to be on the march to this place with reinforcements; but I fear it is not true, as I have repeatedly sent to him for aid without receiving any. Col. Bonham, my special messenger, arrived at Labahia fourteen days ago, with a request for aid; and on the arrival of the enemy in Bexar ten days ago, I sent an express to Col. F. which arrived at Goliad on the next day, urging him to send us reinforcements -- none have arrived. I look to the colonies alone for aid; unless it arrives soon, I shall have to fight the enemy on his own terms. I will, however, do the best I can under the circumstances, and I feel confident that the determined valour and desperate courage, heretofore evinced by my men, will not fail them in the last struggle, and although they may be sacrifieced to the vengeance of a Gothic enemy, the victory will cost the enemy so dear, that it will be worse for him than a defeat. I hope your honorable body will hasten on reinforcements, ammunition, and provisions to our aid, as soon as possible. We have provisions for twenty days for the men we have; our supply of ammunition is limited. At least five hundred pounds of cannon powder, and two hundred rounds of six, nine, twelve, and eighteen pound balls -- ten kegs of rifle powder, and a supply of lead, should be sent to this place without delay, under a sufficient guard.

If these things are promptly sent, and large reinforcements are hastened to this frontier, this neighborhood will be the great and decisive battle ground. The power of Santa Anna is to be met here or in the colonies; we had better meet them here, than to suffer a war of desolation to rage our settlements. A blood-red banner waves from the church of Bexar, and in the camp above us, in token that the war is one of vengeance against rebels; they have declared us as such, and demanded that we should surrender at discretion or this garrison should be put to the sword. Their threats have had no influence on me or my men, but to make all fight with desperation, and that high-souled courage which characterizes the patriot, who is willing to die in defense of his country's liberty and his own honour.

The citizens of this municipality are all our enemies except those who have joined us heretofore; we have but three Mexicans now in the fort; those who have not joined us in this extremity, should be declared public enemies, and their property should aid in paying the expenses of the war.

The bearer of this will give you your honorable body, a statement more in detail, should he escape through the enemy's lines. God and Texas! --
Victory or Death!!

P.S. The enemy's troops are still arriving, and the reinforcements will probably amount to two or three thousand.
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Old 03-04-2015, 07:34 AM   #2
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Old 03-04-2015, 07:45 AM   #3
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Old 03-04-2015, 08:01 AM   #4
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wow....300yds out. Thats close. Thanks again.
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Old 03-04-2015, 08:06 AM   #5
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Old 03-04-2015, 08:08 AM   #6
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wow....300yds out. Thats close. Thanks again.
Right. Imagine, 20 friends, modern weapons and a time machine.
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Old 03-04-2015, 08:09 AM   #7
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Another fine read!
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Old 03-04-2015, 08:10 AM   #8
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People do not write like that any longer. I enjoy reading his letters.
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Old 03-04-2015, 09:48 AM   #9
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Still following. Thanks.
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Old 03-04-2015, 10:01 AM   #10
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If only our government leaders today showed such courage and determination.
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Old 03-04-2015, 10:09 AM   #11
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I still wonder if those men knew the importance of what they were doing? I am sure that is not the best way to say that but it just amazes me how they could face down so many enemy.
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Old 03-04-2015, 10:27 AM   #12
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I would have loved to been inside the Alamo with a few modern day weapons
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Old 03-04-2015, 10:28 AM   #13
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Wow, that is amazing. What bad @$$ men. Courageous doesn't even describe it. Thanks for sharing
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Old 03-04-2015, 10:41 AM   #14
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I still wonder if those men knew the importance of what they were doing? I am sure that is not the best way to say that but it just amazes me how they could face down so many enemy.
I'm sure we will never know what was actually going through their minds but I doubt they could have known just how large a part of history they were making.

As to "how they could face down so many enemy" I do have some insight. I can't relate to the odds they faced but I do know about 8 or 10 to one.

Liberty, God and country may have been the reason for being in that situation, but in the end most are fighting for their brothers. Most I knew and know were more afraid of letting their brothers down than of dying.

I have had the privilege of knowing such men as these.

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Old 03-04-2015, 12:47 PM   #15
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Right. Imagine, 20 friends, modern weapons and a time machine.
I was just thinkin this the other day. Couple snipers at 300 yards would have their tail tucked and running.
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Old 03-04-2015, 12:53 PM   #16
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That's just awesome man. Love how he said the" The victory will cost the enemy so dear, that it will be worse for him than a defeat"
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Old 03-04-2015, 09:48 PM   #17
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"God and Texas"
"Victory or Death"
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Old 03-04-2015, 09:59 PM   #18
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Awesome thanks for sharing!
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Old 03-05-2015, 06:39 AM   #19
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I still wonder if those men knew the importance of what they were doing? I am sure that is not the best way to say that but it just amazes me how they could face down so many enemy.
Look at Day 12 and you will see your question answered in Travis' letter. Those men very well knew it was a fight for their country.
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Old 03-04-2016, 06:55 AM   #20
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I feel confident that the determined valour and desperate courage, heretofore evinced by my men, will not fail them in the last struggle, and although they may be sacrifieced to the vengeance of a Gothic enemy, the victory will cost the enemy so dear, that it will be worse for him than a defeat.

I think he knew his men pretty well. They inflicted heavy casualties on the Mexican army.
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Old 03-04-2016, 07:18 AM   #21
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Always a good read again!
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Old 03-04-2016, 07:37 AM   #22
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I cannot imagine what it would be like to be under attack from so many. Constantly asking for supplies and reinforcements and not getting any. The fight those brave men put up was second to none. I feel the emotions as I read.
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I can't even imagine that much bravery. God bless those men, and those who still defend this Nation today.
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Old 03-04-2016, 08:28 AM   #24
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"God and Texas"
"Victory or Death"

God Bless Texas!!
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Old 03-04-2016, 09:29 AM   #25
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Fortunately those men still exist and have existed through our history.

If wondering about Americans fighting against sometimes overwhelming odds, simply read about the Lost Battalion (WWI), Battle for Wake Island, Battle of Midway, Battle of the Bulge, Pusan Perimeter (where my father earned a Bronze Star for valor), Chosin Reservoir, Battle of Mogadishu (Blackhawk Down) or the Lone Survivor mission.

Those are just some that come to mind.

Sometimes I think the worst thing an enemy can do is surround a few American fighting men and tell him it is hopeless and he must surrender.
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Old 03-04-2016, 09:46 AM   #26
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Fortunately those men still exist and have existed through our history.

If wondering about Americans fighting against sometimes overwhelming odds, simply read about the Lost Battalion (WWI), Battle for Wake Island, Battle of Midway, Battle of the Bulge, Pusan Perimeter (where my father earned a Bronze Star for valor), Chosin Reservoir, Battle of Mogadishu (Blackhawk Down) or the Lone Survivor mission.

Those are just some that come to mind.

Sometimes I think the worst thing an enemy can do is surround a few American fighting men and tell him it is hopeless and he must surrender.

Well said. The strength of our State and our Nation is the common man who is willing to stand and fight. Occasionally they rise through the ranks. Most of the time, they fight, and if they survive, they go home to their families.

Tmag, thanks for putting these up each day.
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Old 03-04-2016, 10:38 AM   #27
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Interestingly, the Battle of Wake Island is sometimes called The Alamo of the Pacific.
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Old 03-04-2016, 10:58 AM   #28
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Great read
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Old 03-04-2016, 11:02 AM   #29
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Victory or Death!!!
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Old 03-04-2016, 11:47 AM   #30
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Fortunately those men still exist and have existed through our history.

If wondering about Americans fighting against sometimes overwhelming odds, simply read about the Lost Battalion (WWI), Battle for Wake Island, Battle of Midway, Battle of the Bulge, Pusan Perimeter (where my father earned a Bronze Star for valor), Chosin Reservoir, Battle of Mogadishu (Blackhawk Down) or the Lone Survivor mission.

Those are just some that come to mind.

Sometimes I think the worst thing an enemy can do is surround a few American fighting men and tell him it is hopeless and he must surrender.
Be assured there are many brave men and women who have faced adversity in the same manner as those in the Alamo, from WW1, WW2, Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, and many places we can't name. This thread is no take away from them or their stories, it is being delivered on the very days that this small group fought for the freedoms we enjoy today.
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Be assured there are many brave men and women who have faced adversity in the same manner as those in the Alamo, from WW1, WW2, Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, and many places we can't name. This thread is no take away from them or their stories, it is being delivered on the very days that this small group fought for the freedoms we enjoy today.
I understand and it is a thread repeated yearly on the very days.

I was only pointing out that the legacy of the men that stood against overwhelming odds at the Alamo continues. As I also mentioned, google Alamo of the Pacific and you will find that the Alamo comparison is still used to show bravery today as we also saw in Benghazi.
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Old 03-04-2016, 11:57 AM   #32
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I understand and it is a thread repeated yearly on the very days.

I was only pointing out that the legacy of the men that stood against overwhelming odds at the Alamo continues. As I also mentioned, google Alamo of the Pacific and you will find that the Alamo comparison is still used to show bravery today as we also saw in Benghazi.
Agreed!
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Old 03-04-2016, 12:06 PM   #33
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This is why people from other states cannot understand why Texans are so proud of their state. Other than the original 13 colonies,I cant think of any other state that had to go to war with another country to gain independence.
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Old 03-04-2016, 12:07 PM   #34
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Right. Imagine, 20 friends, modern weapons and a time machine.
No doubt! The first time Santa Anna was seen mounted on his horse, put a bullet in his forehead and let us see what happens to those thousands of troops. They'd be running south as fast as they could.
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