On February 24, 1836 the commander of the mission in San Antonio wrote the following letter. He knew that the chances of leaving the walls of the Alamo alive were next to none. He chose to buy precious time for Texas. Travis and the men of the Alamo gave up their lives and dreams to fight for the future of Texas and freedom. The history of Texas is one of Strong independent peoples that cherished freedom. I hope that independent spirit is still alive today and that the people of Texas will always fight to be free. We must never forget that our freedom was bought with the blood of Patriots. Remember the Alamo, Wild Ed
Commandancy of the The
Bejar, Feby. 24th. 1836
To the People of Texas
and All Americans in the World—
Fellow Citizens and compatriots—
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 & everything 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 Barrett 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 and got into the
walls 20 or 30 head of Beeves.