Remembering the The Alamo

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Real Estate Agent with Kimberly Howell Properties

The Alamo in San Antonio, TX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was February 23, 1836, when General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna and his army caught the defenders of the Alamo by surprise.  The Texians and Tejanos had prepared to defend the Alamo together and were undaunted.  Commander of the Alamo, William B. Travis sent couriers out to communities in Texas with pleas for help -- only one of the couriers was successful in bringing back help.  Charles Despallier, a 24 year old originally from Louisiana, left the Alamo sometime around February 25, 1836, and returned with the 36 men from the Gonzales Ranging Company of Mounted Volunteers on March 1, 1836.  Despallier died in the battle at the Alamo on March 6, 1836.

The final assault of the 13 day siege came before daybreak on March 6, 1836, as the Mexican soldiers appeared out of the darkness and headed toward the walls of the Alamo.  The defenders were able to beat back several attacks.  The Mexicans regrouped and scaled the walls and rushed into the compound. They captured a cannon and aimed it at the Long Barrack and church and blasted open the barricaded doors.  By sunrise, Santa Anna was able to enter the Alamo compound to survey the damage.

Have you ever wondered about those brave men who gave up their lives fighting for Texas to be free and independent?  You can read about them here.

Tomorrow is the 173rd Anniversary of the Fall of the Alamo.  Over the next weekend and through the month of March there are Memorial Events planned at the Alamo, of the 7 events, 5 of them are FREE and Open to the Public. 

 

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Judi:

This is a good post considering the anniversary date of the fall of the Alamo. Indeed one of America's most historic shrines.  I had always wanted to see it and we did last year.  In fact, we will probably return this year in June.....as well as RiverWalk.  Well worth the visit if one can make it,

Mar 06, 2009 06:01 AM #1
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Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

Judi we are glad to see this great post. We agree with Ron, it definitely is a historic time in history that we should never forget. We need to put this on our list of things to do, visit the Alamo and the Riverwalk. We live so close and never take time to enjoy the wonderful city of San Antonio, TX.

See you tonite at the San Antonio Spurs Blog Along.

Ceil

Mar 06, 2009 08:43 AM #2
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Keith McMullin
Port Aransas Realty, Inc - Port Aransas, TX
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Who would have ever known that singer and rock group "Genesis" frontman Phil Collins was a huge Alamo history buff.  Story here

Mar 06, 2009 03:16 PM #3
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Shirley Parks
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Keith, I saw a story on television about Phil Collins being an Alamo history buff and collector of historical items related to the Alamo. Fascinating.

Hi Judi,  I had good intentions of writing a post about the Alamo today.  Guess it isn't too late.  Excellent post.

Mar 06, 2009 04:36 PM #4
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Howdy there Judi

What a fine post for the Anniversary of the Fight that took place at the Alamo, and the men that gave their lives to help make The Grand State of Texas Free.

Remember the ALAMO!!

God Bless America

Mar 06, 2009 05:57 PM #5
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Judi Morgan
Kimberly Howell Properties - San Antonio, TX
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Ron, thanks for stopping by.  I'm glad you were able to visit the Alamo last year -- I love visiting there -- in fact, I was there this afternoon.  I'll be putting together a post about it in a little while.

Coming to San Antonio in June?  Don't forget to let us know so we can plan an evening out on the Riverwalk to meet you and your wife.  We're looking forward to it.

Mar 06, 2009 07:23 PM #6
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Judi Morgan
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Ceil,  The Alamo is very special to all Texans (whether we were born here or not)!  I always laugh when people ask, "Is this all there is to it!?"  --  that is all that is left of it.   I love going down to the Riverwalk and The Alamo, let us know when you're going, we'll plan to meet you down there.  :)

Mar 06, 2009 07:34 PM #7
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Judi Morgan
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Keith, yes, I think I remember seeing something about Phil Collins being an Alamo History buff.  Something he & I have in common.  I was reading about it last night and found the information about Charles Despallier and decided to add that bit of trivia to my post.

Mar 06, 2009 07:36 PM #8
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Judi Morgan
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Shirley, nope, it's probably not too late. :)

Mar 06, 2009 07:37 PM #9
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Judi Morgan
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Dale, Yes, "Remember the Alamo"!!  That was the battle cry at the Battle at San Jacinto where the Texas were able to defeat Santa Ana's Army and capture him.

Mar 06, 2009 07:38 PM #10
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Carl Winters
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Judi in case you stop by this evening the Spurs are playing:Spurs Blog Along-March 6, 2009 @ 7:30 (Spurs vs Washington) Everyone Welcome

Mar 06, 2009 08:48 PM #11
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Trey Thurmond
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I still love the Alamo. When we were there with you gus in December I appreciated the history lesson you gave Khris and I !   Also we didn't see any spirits in the Menger hotel but did feel something.

Mar 14, 2009 12:10 AM #12
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Judi Morgan
Kimberly Howell Properties - San Antonio, TX
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Trey, I love the Alamo too.  Glad you enjoyed my history lesson -- I love reading about San Antonio history so I can share it with my clients -- especially the clients Relocating to San Antonio.  Hmmm, you didn't see any of the ghosts at the Menger but did feel something.  I checked all of my photos I took and didn't see any ghosts either.  I spent a few nights at the Menger a couple of years ago -- didn't see any of the ghosts but sure felt something there too.  Loved my stay there -- did I mention, I love history???   :)

Mar 14, 2009 12:22 AM #13
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