Battle Of The Alamo Essay

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The Battle of the Alamo was a focal point in the Texas Revolution. How could the events of the battle been different? In this paper I will discuss the plea from the Alamo’s commander, begging for reinforcements, as the Mexican army enclosed around the Alamo compound. I will recount the events of the morning siege that took place by Santa Anna’s army as they overran the Texan opposition. I will discuss the quick decimation of the Alamo and its tenants as described in history and an alternative ending to this bloody battle. The Texas government had organized and declared independence on March 2nd while the Alamo was under siege. Washington-on-the-Brazos was the home of the convention where the Texas delegates formed the constitution. Soon after…show more content…
So the battle at the Alamo should have never taken place. There were only two outlying posts that guarded Texas from an attack from the south or from Mexico. The two forts that blocked these approaches into Texas: Presidio La Bahía at Goliad and the Alamo at San Antonio. Each installations function was to alert the Texas settlements of an enemy advance. Letters of warning were sent out, but there was no help was in sight.
The Battle of the Alamo, the most famous battle of the Texas revolution, began on February 23, 1836, and continued for almost two weeks. With the Mexican army growing day by day, and Texas reinforcements nowhere in sight, the Texans made a final stand against the massive Mexican army led by General Antonio López de Santa Anna. General Santa Anna used the time to encircle the old fortified mission compound, gradually cutting off entrance to, and exit from the Alamo. The arrival of General Santa Anna 's army outside San Antonio nearly caught the local Texans by
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He informed his officers that they would prepare for an attack before daybreak. On March 6, 1836, Mexican soldiers stormed the walls of the Alamo under the cover of darkness early in the morning. Santa Anna’s troops attempted to occupy jacales (picket and thatch huts) located near the southwest corner of the compound. Small arms fire from inside the Alamo beat back several attacks lasting approximately two hours. After regrouping, the Mexicans scaled the walls and rushed into the compound again. Once inside the Alamo compound, Santa Anna’s troops captured a cannon and turned and blasted open the doors that were keeping the Mexican army out. The desperate struggle continued until the defenders were overwhelmed. After a bloody 90-minute battle, the battle had ended and Santa Anna entered the Alamo to survey the scene of his victory. Santa Anna ordered the bodies of the slain defenders burned.
While the facts surrounding the siege of the Alamo continue to be debated, there is no doubt about what the battle has come to symbolize. People worldwide continue to remember the Alamo as a heroic struggle against impossible odds — a place where men made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. For this reason, the Alamo remains hallowed ground and the Shrine of Texas Liberty (Texas Revolution,

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