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Feb 24, 2013

The Blood of Heroes


On this day in 1836 Col. William Travis wrote his famous letter.

Many of us have this same mindset and his words ring with the sound of trueness to us.

Today we are in the same battle and I fear that the same as Travis, many of us will see the same fate.

I will make the same stand as Col. Travis, no matter the outcome.

For as he was; so am I, a Texan and patriot.

Today this famous letter comes home to rest in the Alamo.

Commandancy of the The Alamo
Bejar, Feby. 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 & 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.
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.