March 6, 1836. The Alamo. Remember?

March 6, 1836

March 6, 1836. The Battle of the Alamo. Remember? Gregory McNamee does:

“One hundred and seventy-five years ago, on March 6, 1836, some two hundred American immigrants died trying to secure the liberation of Texas from the sovereign nation of Mexico. They met their fate at an adobe mission in the heart of a little town called San Antonio, named El Alamo for the tall cottonwood trees surrounding it, a place that the Virginian Sam Houston had encouraged them to abandon in favor of a more easily defended place. James Bowie, William Travis, David Crockett, and their militiamen held out for almost two weeks, but in the end they indeed could not defend the low-walled mission, and a Mexican army led by Antonio López de Santa Anna overwhelmed them.”

— “Remembering the Alamo,” Gregory McNamee, Britannica Blog.

Some hold that the “Freedom” the rebels died for was chiefly the freedom to own slaves, a practice illegal under Mexican law.  Most Texans would rather remember the gallant fight put up that day by heroes like Jim Bowie, William Travis, and John Wayne.


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3 Responses to “March 6, 1836. The Alamo. Remember?”

  1. OpinionEditorial — Blog — Texas Then, Texas Now - Remember the Alamo! Says:

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  2. lacithedog Says:

    I have a very long rant on the Mexican-American war of which this was one of the opening salvos. Unfortunately, the ill effects that this war caused and caused this war are plaguing the United States. In a way, it was a warm up for the Civil War since many of the officers who fought in this conflict were high ranking officers in the Civil War (Grant and Lee).

    War, of course, makes no sense, but this was a War for territory that would ultimately change the character of the US.

  3. James. T. E. Barber Says:

    I remember the date every year. My ancestor William Blazeby – whom history rarely mentions, was Captain of The New Orleans Greys, whose flag was flying above the Alamo at the time of the battle.
    He also signed the Texian Letter of Independence during the siege, along with Travis and Bowie.
    R.I.P. xx

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