Today marks the 179th anniversary of the Texas Declaration of Independence. To simply declare independence was not enough to actually make it so. Independence from Mexico had to be fought for, bled for, died for, and eventually won at great cost.
As commander of the garrison that defended the Alamo, William Barret Travis wrote a number of letters informing the world of the dire situation and requesting supplies and reinforcements. His best known letter was his “Victory or Death” letter written on February 24, 1836 and addressed “To the People of Texas & All Americans in the World”.
May we all live with the courage of Travis, and may the Spirit of 1836 never recede from the heartbeat of the Lone Star State.
Commandancy of the Alamo
Bejar, Feby. 24, 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 ...