The Alamo 1836: Santa Anna’s Texas Campaign (Campaign, Volume 89)

The Alamo 1836: Santa Anna’s Texas Campaign (Campaign, Volume 89)

Stephen Hardin

Language: English

Pages: 98

ISBN: 1841764558

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Alamo 1836: Santa Anna’s Texas Campaign (Campaign, Volume 89)

Stephen Hardin

Language: English

Pages: 98

ISBN: 1841764558

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


On the morning of 6 March 1836 around 1,100 Mexican soldiers under Generalissimo Santa Anna stormed a small mission outside San Antonio, Texas, and slaughtered the garrison of around 200 Texans. It was not a large battle but its significance vastly outweighed its size for the name of the mission was the Alamo. Less than two months later Santa Anna's force was smashed at San Jacinto by a volunteer army whose battle cry was "Remember the Alamo". Stephen L Hardin details the climactic 1836 campaign which won Texas her independence.

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tumbled down the earthen ramp of the north wall battery, his shotgun "falling upon the enemy." With his master down and dying, Joe "ensconced himself in a house" along the west wall. A Mexican officer found him there and offered safe conduct. Later Joe escaped to tell his tale. Travis vowed he would "never surrender or retreat." He proved as good as his word. What Churchill said of Harold Godwinson applies equally to Travis: "unconquerable except by death, which does not count in honour." (Angus

the Nueces River to strike before the rebels could shake off their lethargy. Urrea rode at the head of 320 infantry, 230 dragoons, and a 4-pdr field gun. He left behind about 200 soldados in Matamoros. They would follow later, but now speed was essential and he could move faster with fewer men. On the night of 25 February, Urrea's men received their first taste of the freakish Texas winter. Notwithstanding the "cold and penetrating" north winds, Urrea dared not break pace. All his soldados

we parted, I have found the darkest hours of my past life! If what I have learned from Fannin be true, I deplore it and can only attribute the ill luck to his attempt to retreat in daylight in the face of a superior force. He is an ill-fated man. On 26 March Houston ordered a retreat to San Felipe on the Brazos River - a command his soldiers greeted with derision. With his 69 THE BATTLE OF SAN JACINTO, 21 APRIL 1836 70 Viewed from the southwest showing the Texians storming the Mexican camp

River. LEFT Indian-fighter and ranger captain, Edward Burleson was Houston's second-in-command during the San Jacinto campaign. He led the First Regiment of the Texian Army on 21 April. Houston placed the First Regiment opposite the Mexican breastworks and it was the first unit to breach them. Burleson accepted the surrender of Colonel Juan N. Almonte and the troops under his command. In 1841 Burleson won election as vice-president of the Texas Republic. (Courtesy of the Texas State Library and

India Pattern "Brown Bess," which in various patterns had performed as the standard British infantry firearm since 1722. 15 Mexican Musket Drill. The main weapon of the line infantry was the .753 caliber British India Pattern "Brown Bess" musket. Although it could not match the Kentucky long rifle's range and accuracy, Bess was a sturdy and reliable weapon in the hands of a trained soldado. Although Bess was dependable, low-grade gunpowder reduced its effectiveness. One Texian who inspected

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