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Travis’ Letter – Happy Texas Independence Day

March 2nd, 2014 by Jeff

Commandancy of the Alamo
Bexar, 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 & got into the walls 20 or 30 heads of Beeves.
Travis

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