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Remembering the Alamo

Postby OldUsedParts » Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:37 am

Today, Feb. 23, 2018 marks the 182 Anniversary of The Siege of the Alamo. This battle was very instrumental in Texas winning it's independence from a tyrannical Dictator and becoming a State. So today I pay honor to those brave men and women who gave all so that we could be Free and Forever Proud of our State and Country.

Here is Col. William Barret Travis' letter to the other volunteers and countrymen being lead by Gen. Sam Houston.

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 & 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 Barret Travis

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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.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq5-Rm34Xio

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Postby Rambo » Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:32 am

Thanks for posting that.

I wish we'd have stayed an Independent Republic. :texas:
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Postby bsooner75 » Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:13 am

Even though downtown San Antonio now dwarfs it, the Alamo is a powerful place. The bravery of those that fought is almost hard to fathom. Gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.


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Postby OldUsedParts » Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:03 am

I was blessed to have been able to visit it as a young feller several times before Progress moved in. As a fourth Generation Bowie, it will hold a spot in my heart forever. :texas: :salut:
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Postby Boots » Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:35 pm

My Dad knew Marty, he was a good man and a great voice, and I think his tribute is one of the best...

Ballad of the Alamo
Marty Robbins

In the southern part of Texas
In the town of San Antone
There's a fortress all in ruins that the weeds have overgrown
You may look in vain for crosses and you'll never see a-one
But sometimes between the setting and the rising of the sun
You can hear a ghostly bugle
As the men go marching by
You can hear them as they answer
To that roll call in the sky.

Colonel Travis, Davy Crockett, and a hundred eighty more
Captain Dickinson, Jim Bowie
Present and accounted for.

Back in 1836, Houston said to Travis
"Get some volunteers and go
Fortify the Alamo."
Well the men came from Texas
And from old Tennessee
And they joined up with Travis
Just to fight for the right to be free.

Indian scouts with squirrel guns
Men with muzzle-loaders
Stood together, heel and toe
To defend the Alamo.

"You may ne'er see your loved ones, "
Travis told them that day
"Those who want to can leave now
Those who fight to the death let 'em stay."

In the sand he drew a line
With his army sabre
Out of a hundred eighty five
Not a soldier crossed the line
With his banners a-dancin'
In the dawn's golden light
Santa Anna came prancing
On a horse that was black as the night.

Sent an officer to tell
Travis to surrender
Travis answered with a shell
And a rousing rebel yell
Santa Anna turned scarlet
"Play deguello!" he roared
"I will show them no quarter
Every one will be put to the sword!"

One hundred and eighty five
Holding back five thousand
Five days, six days, eight days, ten
Travis held and held again
Then he sent for replacements
For his wounded and lame
But the troops that were coming
Never came, never came, never came...

Twice he charged and blew recall
On the fatal third time
Santa Anna breached the wall
And he killed 'em, one and all
Now the bugles are silent
And there's rust on each sword
And the small band of soldies...
Lie asleep in the arms of the Lord...

In the southern part of Texas
Near the town of San Antone
Like a statue on his pinto rides a cowboy all alone
And he sees the cattle grazing where a century before
Santa Anna's guns were blazing and the cannons used to roar
And his eyes turn sorta misty
And his heart begins to glow
And he takes his hat off slowly...

To the men of Alamo.
To the thirteen days of glory
At the siege of Alamo...
BE WELL, BUT NOT DONE
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Re: Remembering the Alamo

Postby OldUsedParts » Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:39 pm

Thanks for the Lyrics, Boots, I've had them memorized since the Sixties.
He was called the man with a "tear" in his voice.
No one sang the Western C'boy Ballads like he did.
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Re: Remembering the Alamo

Postby OldUsedParts » Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:39 pm

I know this is from the MOVIE and is probably far from actuality, however, I like to believe that from 3:00 mark to the end was pretty much the way it was.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGRUd4IIna8

BTW, my youngest Son and I had the pleasure of visiting Alamo City out of Bracketville, where The Alamo was filmed. Even tho it was closed at the time, when I told the Lady there at the office that I was a fourth generation Bowie she told us to drive up to the Movie location and make ourselves at home. Then she called the head dude on the mobile and he said he'd like to meet me but couldn't get there for a couple hours. Well, we didn't have that much time to hang around so we bid our farewells.

OH, on the way in we passed this big white van leaving and found out later that it was Tommy Lee Jone and a Film Crew scouting for some location possibilities for an upcoming Movie - - - - - - - "Lonesome Dove" :texas: :texas: :texas: :salut: :salut: :cheers: :cheers:
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