Bowie and Fannin symbolically defend the Mexican Constitution of 1824. That's likely Bonham awaiting the dispatch. The Alamo chapel is innaccurately depicted for the time of the battle. It later took on the familiar bell-shaped facade while serving as a US Army ordnance depot. At right, Deaf Smith takes an axe to the bridge.
While in the US Senate, John Tower would annually read Travis's letter into the record. The March 2 tradition [March 2 is Texas Independence Day and Sam Houston's birthday] continued with Phil Gramm and Kay Bailey Hutchinson and I presume continues with John Cornyn and Ted Cruz. Tower, Gramm and Cornyn are in the Sam Houston line of succession, as was Lyndon Johnson; Hutchinson and Cruz (and Lloyd Bentsen before them) are in the Thomas Rusk line.
The final Travis letter from the Alamo is one of the most stirring documents in American history:
Commandancy of the The Alamo
Bejar, Feby. 24th. 1836
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 are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken — I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, & our flag still waves proudly from the walls — I shall never surrender or retreat. Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & 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.
Lt. Col. comdt.
P. S. The Lord is on our side — When the enemy appeared in sight we had not three bushels of corn — We have since found in deserted houses 80 or 90 bushels and got into the walls 20 or 30 head of Beeves.
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