10 Interesting Facts about the Battle of the Alamo

One of these following facts about the Battle of the Alamo should probably expand your knowledge about this battle. The Battle of the Alamo was a pivotal event in the Texas Revolution. Following a 13-day siege, Mexican troops under President General Antonia Lopeg de Santa Anna launched an assault on the Alamo Mission near San Antonia de Bexar, killing all of the Texian defenders. Santa Anna’s cruelty during the battle inspired many Texians—both Texas settlers and adventurers from the United States—to join the Texian Army. Buoyed by a desire for revenge, the Texians defeated the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto, on April 21, 1836, ending the revolution. For further information, here are some facts about the Battle of the Alamo you might be interested in.

Facts about the Battle of the Alamo 1: The Texans

San Antonio was captured by rebellious Texans in December, 1835. General Sam Houston felt that holding San Antonio was impossible and unnecessary, as most of the settlements of the rebellious Texans were far to the east. Houston sent Jim Bowie to San Antonio: his orders were to destroy the Alamo and return with all of the men and artillery stationed there. Once he saw the fort’s defenses, Bowie decided to ignore Houston’s orders, having become convinced of the need to defend the city.

Facts about the Battle of the Alamo 2: Much Tension

The official commander of the Alamo was James Neill. He left on family matters, however, leaving Lt. Colonel William Travis in charge. The problem was that about half of the men there were not enlisted soldiers, but volunteers who technically could come, go and do as they pleased. These men only listened to Jim Bowie, who disliked Travis and often refused to follow his orders. This tense situation was solved by three events: the advance of a common enemy, the arrival of the charismatic and famous Davy Crockett and Bowie’s illness just before the battle.

Facts about the Battle of the Alamo - Battle of the Alamo

Facts about the Battle of the Alamo – Battle of the Alamo

Facts about the Battle of the Alamo 3: Santa Anna’s Army

Santa Anna’s army arrived in San Antonio in late February, 1836. Seeing the massive Mexican army on their doorstep, the Texan defenders hastily retreated to the well-fortified Alamo. During the first couple of days, however, Santa Anna made no attempt to seal the exits from the Alamo and the town: the defenders could very easily have slipped away in the night if they wished. But they remained, trusting their defenses and their skill with their lethal long rifles. In the end, it would not be enough.

Facts about the Battle of the Alamo 4: Reinforcements

Lieutenant Colonel Travis sent repeated requests to Colonel James Fannin in Goliad (about 90 miles away) for reinforcements, and he had no reason to suspect that Fannin would not come. Every day during the siege, the defenders of the Alamo looked for Fannin and his men, who never came. Fannin had decided that the logistics of reaching the Alamo in time were impossible, and in any event, his 300 or so men would not make a difference against the Mexican army and its 2,000 soldiers.

Facts about the Battle of the Alamo - Alamo village

Facts about the Battle of the Alamo – Alamo village

Facts about the Battle of the Alamo 5: Mexican among the Defenders

It’s a common misconception that the Texans who rose up against Mexico were all settlers from the USA who decided on independence. There were many native Texans – Mexican nationals referred to as Tejanos – who joined the movement and fought every bit as bravely as their Anglo companions. It is estimated that of the nearly 200 defenders who died at the Alamo, about a dozen were Tejanos dedicated to the cause of independence, or at least restoration of the 1824 constitution.

Facts about the Battle of the Alamo 6: Independence for Texas

Many of the defenders of the Alamo believed in independence for Texas, but their leaders had not declared independence from Mexico yet. It was on March 2, 1836, that delegates meeting in Washington-on-the-Brazos formally declared independence from Mexico. Meanwhile, the Alamo had been under siege for days, and it fell early on March 6, with the defenders never knowing that Independence had been formally declared a few days before. This battle indeed suited and related to the Facts about the Alamo.

Facts about the Battle of the Alamo - Fall of the Alamo

Facts about the Battle of the Alamo – Fall of the Alamo

Facts about the Battle of the Alamo 7: Davy Crockett

Davy Crockett, a famous frontiersman and former US Congressman, was the highest-profile defender to fall at the Alamo. Crockett’s fate is unclear. According to some questionable eyewitness accounts, a handful of prisoners, including Crockett, were taken after the battle and put to death. The mayor of San Antonio, however, claimed to have seen Crockett dead among the other defenders, and he had met Crockett before the battle. Whether he fell in battle or was captured and executed, Crockett fought bravely and did not survive the Battle of the Alamo.

Facts about the Battle of the Alamo 8: William Travis

According to legend, fort commander William Travis drew a line in the sand with his sword and asked all of the defenders who were willing to fight to the death to cross it: only one man refused. Legendary frontiersman Jim Bowie, suffering from a debilitating illness, asked to be carried over the line. This famous story shows the dedication of the Texans to fight for their freedom.

Facts about the Battle of the Alamo - The flag

Facts about the Battle of the Alamo – The flag

Facts about the Battle of the Alamo 9: Costly Victory for Mexico

Mexican dictator/General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna won the Battle of the Alamo, taking back the city of San Antonio and putting the Texans on notice that the war would be one without quarter. Still, many of his officers believed he had paid too high a price. Some 600 Mexican soldiers died in the battle, compared to roughly 200 rebellious Texans. Furthermore, the brave defense of the Alamo caused many more rebels to join the Texan army.

Facts about the Battle of the Alamo 10: Rebels snuck into the Alamo

On March first, 32 brave men from the town of Gonzales made their way through enemy lines to reinforce the defenders at the Alamo. Two days later, on March third, James Butler Bonham, who had been sent out by Travis with a call for reinforcements, crept back into the Alamo, his message delivered. Bonham and the men from Gonzales all died during the Battle of the Alamo.

Facts about the Battle of the Alamo - William Travis

Facts about the Battle of the Alamo – William Travis

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