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From the Alamo—Travis takes Command

February 24, 1836—Wednesday

Even though the temperature is warm, Bowie took sick today. Some say it’s typhoid pneumonia … others hasty consumption. I don’t know, but both are bad.

Since Bowie is sick, he asked all of his men to take orders from Travis and we said yes. Seems the right thing to do since the cannon fire continued through the night and this day.

Late afternoon, Travis asked for a volunteer to take a letter to San Felipe.

Commandancy of the Alamo
Bexer, Feby 24th, 1836

To the People of Texas and All Americans in the World-
Fellow Citizens and Compatriots:
I am besieged with a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna. I have sustained a continual Bombardment and cannonade for 24 hours and have not lost a man. The enemy has demanded surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison is to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken. I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, and our flag still waves proudly from the wall. I shall never surrender or retreat. Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism, and everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid with all dispatch. The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily and 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 and die like a soldier who never forgets what is due his honor and that of his country.
VICTORY OR DEATH
William Barret Travis
Lt. Col. Comd’t.

Victory or Death … which will it be? It’s starting to look like rain.

A.J. Williams

2 thoughts on “From the Alamo—Travis takes Command

  1. Brilliant. My mother made me memorize Travis’s letter when I was a kid.

  2. It is a good thing to know. Can you still recite it?

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