"Remember The Alamo"
February 23rd, 1836
American settlers of the Mexican Province of Texas, refusing to submit to the harsh and unfair treatment by General Santa Anna, the Mexican military dictator, declared themselves a free and independent Republic. In retaliation, General Santa Anna and an army of 2000 men surrounded and trapped fewer than 200 hundred Texans in the Alamo.
The sentinel posted at the peak of the Church of San Fernando within the walls of the Alamo walls reported seeing columns of Mexican cavalry and foot soldiers preparing to attack. Santa Anna's artillery bombardment signaled a warning of the impending attack.
Alone in his quarters, knowing that reinforcements could not reach them in time, Colonel William B. Travis, Commandant of the Alamo, nevertheless composed his farewell message, an urgent plea for reinforcements and supplies, one of the most historic documents in the annals of American History:
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 lost a man. The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise the garrison is to be put to the sword if the fort is taken. I have answered the demand with cannon shot, and our flag still waves proudly from the walls. I shall never surrender nor retreat.
Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism, and of everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid with all dispatch. The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily & will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country.
Victory or Death,
William Barret Travis
Lieutenant Colonel, Commandant
To the last man, they died, and the call went out "Remember the Alamo!".