Texas Independence Day

My great friend John H. Tull, Jr., wrote this. Please allow me to share it with you:

Today is  March 2nd, Texas Independence Day. On this date, Texas declared her independence from Mexico and formed the Republic of Texas, which existed as an independent sovereign nation in North America from March 2, 1836, to February 19, 1846.

 

The Battle of the Alamo lasted from February 23 to March 6, 1836. All of the Texian defenders were killed. 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.

 

On February 24th, William Barrett Travis, the Commandant leader of the defense of the Alamo, wrote a letter to the world. It is, in my opinion, the finest single letter ever written in the history of the world. Each year on March 2nd, I send my friends a copy of the letter.

“Commandancy of the Alamo
Bejar, Feby. 24, 1836
 

To the People of Texas and All Americans in the World 

Fellow citizens and compatriots

 

I am besieged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna. I have sustained a continual Bombardment and cannonade for 24 hours and 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, and 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, and everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch. The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily and 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 and 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. Travis.”

 

(I have taken the liberty of adding punctuation and paragraphs to make it more easily readable, without changing a single word of the letter.)

 

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