Well today was the day! I would finally see The Alamo, originally known as the Mission San Antonio de Valero. One forgets that before the battle it was a mission.
"The compound, which originally consisted of a sanctuary and surrounding buildings, was built by the Spanish Empire in the 18th century for the education of area Native Americans after their conversion to Christianity. In 1793, the mission was secularized and then abandoned. Ten years later, it became a fortress housing a Spanish Army unit, the Second Flying Company of San Carlos de Parras, who likely gave the mission the name Alamo. This was early in the period of the Mexican War of Independence." (Wikipedia)
Touring the Mission of San Jose, and watching a movie about the Alamo, brought it to life.
The battle of The Alamo began on February 23rd and ended in defeat for the Texans on March 6th, 1836. Santa Anna was a ruthless dictator of Mexico and wanted to take Texas back. The battle was fought under the leadership of 26 year old lieutenant colonel, William Travis, also David Bowie (of Bowie knife fame) and Davey Crockett who had left his native Tennessee. David Bowie became ill during the battle but did not succumb to the illness without placing his knife and bullet in a few Mexican soldiers from his sick bed. Davey Crockett had become sick of the Washington politics and left for the new land of Texas to battle with his rag tag army from Tennessee. The Mexicans and Native Americans that had lived in the barracks of the Mission remained to fight as well. All had one goal in mind, and that was to die for Texas liberty! Colonel Travis had written for extra supplies and reinforcements. Few came to his aide. Almost all were killed, between 182 and 257 souls perished, leaving a few of the innocents, women and children to spread the word that Santa Ana was non-
Sam Houston and his army later came to defeat Santa Anna with the cry, "Remember the Alamo!" at the battle of San Jacinto