Marcus Henderson Wilder has this post at the Examiner.com HERE about the seige and fall of the Alamo, written from a day-by-day perspective:
The names William Barrett Travis, Jim Bowie, and Davy Crockett are everywhere known.Not known to most are the names of the native Texans or Tejanos…Juan Abamilo, Juan Badillo, Carlos Espalier, Gregorio Esparza, Antonio Fuentes, Damasio Jiménez, and Andrés Nava.Capt. Juan Seguín did not die at the Alamo. On the third day, Seguín was dispatched to plead with Sam Houston for help. Sam Houston had a larger plan.Defending the Alamo were men from San Antonio and Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, South Carolina, Missouri, Maryland, Arkansas, Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales, Germany, and Denmark.Men of valor, every one…hombres valientes…Texas was more than a place. Texas was a dream. Texas was land where a man could be all he could be. It still is.March 2nd, 1836, The Ninth DayTexas Independence was declared at Washington on the Brazos. The men in the Alamo never knew.Thirty-two men arrived from Gonzales. The men in the Alamo still hoped help would come from Col. Fannin at Goliad.James Butler Bonham was sent to plead with Fannin on February 27th. On March 3rd he spurred his horse through Mexican lines to rejoin the defense of the Alamo.
One of the things they emphasize here in Texas that we never had in Indiana is a fine sense of History. Junior High Students and high School Students alike take Texas history classes until they can recite dates, names, and places with a comman fluency not found in the North.
And the Alamo means something special. Something special we should all remember.
Read. Remember. Enjoy.