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March 2, 1836: A Very Good Day

The_Alamo As a Texan, it is impossible to enter this time of year without thinking about the Alamo, Goliad, and San Jacinto. On March 2, 1836 a group of men gathered at Washington-on-the-Brazos and declared independence. Texas was no longer the property of Mexico, but a Republic!

The siege of the Alamo was eight days old by the time the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed (February 23 – March 6, 1836). The importance of the stand at the Alamo can’t be expressed strongly enough; it gave Sam Houston time to gather an army and ultimately, on April 21, 1836, defeat General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto.

Deborah and I have kicked around a few thoughts, and would like our readers to comment on these ideas. We hope to engage all our readers, not just those in Texas.

  1. Begin the Fly Your Texas Flag campaign. This could last for the 13 days of the Alamo, or until the victory at San Jacinto.
  2. "Live" blogging from the Alamo. I’m thinking a first person re-creation of those few days in history
  3. "Live" blogging Texas Independence from Sam Houston’s perspective from February through April
  4. Feature a series of articles, similar to my San Jacinto series last year. We now live within thirty minutes of the Alamo, which might be interesting.
  5. Feature guest writers from other states, writing about their state and its early struggles
  6. Feature guest writers from Texas telling their stories related to Texas Independence.

Just leave us a comment with your thoughts and ideas … or just a number if that’s all you want to say.

The painting has its own story: This painting was created as the backdrop for the opening credits to the 1960 movie "The Alamo," starring John Wayne, Richard Widmark, and Laurence Harvey. It was given to Texas A&M by John Wayne on behalf of Frederick T. Graham and the members of Squadron 14, Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, Class of 1963.

9 thoughts on “March 2, 1836: A Very Good Day

  1. Live from the Alamo! Cool idea.

  2. That’s what I thought, Dave. I’ve been reading and mind mapping February and the first of March, getting the details straight. There isn’t information for every day, but little tidbits about most. It may be an interesting look into “a day in the life” of type series.

    The other interesting part is that 1836 was a leap year like 2008. The only information for February 29 is a weather entry, but interesting, none the less.

  3. The DRT has a great website re: flying the Texas Flag on “Texas Honor Days”:

    The next day (Texas Statehood on Feb 19) is coming up. I wear my Texas shirt (looks like a Texas Flag) on all Texas Honor Days!

  4. Hey Fred, thanks for the link to the DTR website. I had not seen their list of Honor Days before. I like the list, although they may have left a few days off … birthday’s of the other Texas heroes, etc. Of course, the list could grow to include every day of the year, but I don’t see that as a bad thing.

    With our proposal, all Texans will fly the Texas flag daily from February 23 to March 6, or by stamina until April 21. For those flying the Texas flag everyday, no hardship is endured, but for others, just a little.

    Don’t you think it would be fun and very Texas Independence spirited to do that?

  5. I think that’s a great idea. I don’t have a flag pole at my house, but if I did, I would join you.

    On a related matter, did you ever notice how little official recognition is given to March 2? I think Austin used to have a parade celebrating March 2, but it was canceled after someone complained it was racist. Other than the small DRT ceremony at the Alamo, I don’t think San Antonio does anything official to recognize the day.

    Oh well . . .

  6. Larry: I made a couple of posts earlier today, and I got a message that they were flagged as spam — I’m not sure if you got them, but I thought I’d mention it.

  7. Larry, I found another interesting website re: Texas history, and this one features flags of teh Texas revolution!

    They feature a Texas independence flag that looks like a Mexican tricolor, but with two stars representing the states of Texas and Coahuila. I have to admit, though I consider myself a student of Texas history, I’d never seen that flag before.

  8. […] winter, Larry began writing extensively about the Texas Revolution, and on February 12 he wrote about the March 2, 1836 event when the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed. At the end of […]

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