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.
- Begin the Fly Your Texas Flag campaign. This could last for the 13 days of the Alamo, or until the victory at San Jacinto.
- "Live" blogging from the Alamo. I’m thinking a first person re-creation of those few days in history
- "Live" blogging Texas Independence from Sam Houston’s perspective from February through April
- 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.
- Feature guest writers from other states, writing about their state and its early struggles
- 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.