You are standing in front of the Alamo Shrine. Explore the tags in order to learn more about the battle and how the death of the defenders led to the independence of Texas.
Legends of the Alamo (360 Video) - YouTube
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. Travis”
Colonel William Travis is said to have drawn a line in the sand with his sword and asked his men how many of them were willing to step across it and give their lives for the cause.
Although it is impossible to know exactly where this took place, there is a plaque at The Alamo that commemorates this famous quote, and the line Travis drew in the sand is often referred to as the "Grand Canyon of Texas."
Original 360 image from William McNeill
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