The Alamo Called for Help 185 Years Ago Today.

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185 years ago today, Colonel William Travis at the Alamo called for help after Mexican General Santa Ana and his 5,000 troops suddenly arrived in San Antonio the day before. Help arrived, but not in great enough numbers to do any good.

The Alamo called for help

On February 24, 1836. General Santa Ana demanded that the small contingent of Texans holed up in The Alamo surrender. Their answer: a blast from their cannon toward his soldiers. (The f-you of the day). That act infuriated him and he ordered a seige against the Alamo. That seige lasted for several days.

Col Travis called for reinforcements, but only a small group of soldiers with Colonel James Bowie, and about 32 men from Gonzales responded to Travis’ call. Travis had written a letter sent by courier to the surrounding areas that was signed with the famous phrase “Victory or death.”

March 6, 1836

…at 5:30 a.m. on March 6, Mexican forces stormed the Alamo through a gap in the fort’s outer wall, killing Travis, Bowie, Davy Crockett and 190 of their men. Despite the loss of the fort, the Texan troops managed to inflict huge losses on their enemy, killing at least 600 of Santa Ana’s men.

The defense of the Alamo became a powerful symbol for the Texas revolution, helping the rebels turn the tide in their favor. At the crucial Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 910 Texan soldiers commanded by Sam Houston defeated Santa Ana’s army of 1,250 men, spurred on by cries of “Remember the Alamo!” The next day, after Texan forces captured Santa Ana himself, the general issued orders for all Mexican troops to pull back behind the Rio Grande River. On May 14, 1836, Texas officially became an independent republic. Texas joined the Union in 1845.

Lessons from the Alamo called for help

As with the Texans who eventually won the state against all odds, the cry of “Remember the Alamo” was instrumental in their victory. The Alamo called for help, few responded, and many famous men died. How often that has played out across subsequent wars, with victory literally snatched from the jaws of defeat after major losses.

I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company.  We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and a constant barrage is on us.  I have no one on my left and only a few on my right.  I will hold. 

LtCol Clifton B Cates, USMC, Belleau Wood, 1918

For information, Cates did “hold.” He was a Marine, and didn’t die until 1970. Will we “hold?”

We are currently engaged in a real battle, not with guns and troops, but with evil plans and dire conseqences for our freedoms on the table. If we do not want to see America end up as the ‘Disunited Socialist States of America,’ we’d better start being more cognizant of what is happening around us. The left, Big Tech, and ignorant others believe we’re all the enemy because we don’t agree with them. Keep pressure on your elected officials, or become them yourself – locally, statewide, and in Congress. Don’t let them enter a hole in our outer wall to destroy us…stand up for what is right in this nation!


Featured photo: The Alamo

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