Vol MMXIV, No 66
March 6, 1836
Alamo Falls. No Survivors
SAN ANTONIO (1836)
On this date in 1836, in a pre-dawn morning, the Mexican Army under General Santa Anna, began to sneak up on the Texas troops and volunteers still sleeping inside the Alamo. One of the Mexican soldiers yelled "Viva, Santa Anna!" and others joined in, awakening the Texans occupying the former mission.
Before daylight, over 150 Texans are killed or captured. Only a few women, children, and slaves, and the very elderly are spared. Those resistors that were captured are executed shortly thereafter, and the bodies of all the dead were later burned. A wife of one of the victims, Susanna Dickenson, was allowed to leave San Antonio, at which time she brought news of the slaughter to Sam Houston at Gonzales.
Santa Anna's march from Mexico to San Antonio itself was epic. They could have taken San Antonio earlier, but a swolen river five miles from the Alamo prevented their advance, and allowed the Texians (what they called themselves at the time) to fortify the Alamo. Then as the Mexican Forces arrived, Santa Anna elected to wait until his heavy artillery arrived. After two weeks, it did not arrive, so Santa Anna decided to attack without the cannons.
Word of the fall of the Alamo sent shock waves throughout Texas and the United States. Texans used the battle cry "Remember the Alamo!" to continue the fight against an overwhelming Mexican army. At San Jacinto, Texas won it's Independence, and was later annexed by the United States. This annexation led to the Mexican American War and eventually a treaty that turned over California and the Southwest to the United States. The Battle of the Alamo marked one of the pivotal moments in Texas history and the history of the United States.
UT changes its name to UT at Austin
On this date in 1967, The University of Texas official changed its name to The University of Texas at Austin. Was there any confusion?
Colonel Travis Among the dead
Among the dead at the Alamo was the young Colonel, William B Travis. Travis was recently sent to San Antonio to occupy the former mission, which he did against overwhelming odds. Unfortunately, on this date in 1836, the Mexican army was able to breech the walls of the Alamo, and it fell along with all its inhabitants save a few women, children and slaves. Travis will be remembered for his heroism in the face of certain death.