Monday, March 06, 2006

The Final Battle

For 13 days the Alamo’s defenders held out, but on the morning of March 6, 1836 the Mexicans (variously estimated at 1,800 to more than 6,000) stormed through a breach in the outer wall of the courtyard and overwhelmed the Texans. The casualties and the time lost in reducing the Alamo dislocated Santa Anna’s campaign long enough to permit development of plans for the defense of Texas and a declaration of independence from Mexico. The Alamo has become a symbol of heroic resistance.
Paraphrased from Britannica

I can’t watch any Alamo movie or read the historical accounts without it having a profound effect on me. I know history has tried to tell us that maybe these men weren’t as noble as we have made them…well; real life isn't noble sometimes. After all, it’s lived by us humans. In the end I expect that the Alamo Defenders knew good and well what they were doing. One thing that the 1960 and 2000 movies touch briefly on but don’t, I think, make a strong enough point is that there were a large number of Mexicans defending the Alamo and fighting against Santa Anna. This was their freedom, too. It wasn’t Mexicans against Whites. This was a fight against oppression. A lot of Texas Counties are named after Alamo Defenders. I’m thankful every day for the example of men like these who have shown me what it means to stand for what you believe in. Check out this page for some very interesting Myths and Misconceptions about the stand at the Alamo.

Thanks for stopping by.

"Fading light, falling night,
Trumpet calls as the sun sinks in flight.
Sleep in peace, comrades dear.
God is near."
Taps by John Mitchum



Blogger savage said...

sweet post stacey. i think i am going to try to use the john wayne clips in our video for wednesday night.

9:01 AM, March 07, 2006  

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