William Barrett Travis’ Letter from the Alamo, February 24th, 1836

Posted: March 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

William Barrett Travis’ Letter from the Alamo, February 24th, 1836

176 years ago today, the Republic of Texas was born through the death and blood of Texas patriots!

“The Battle of the Alamo”

Send this to San Felipe by Express night & day

To The People of Texas and All Americans

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 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—


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