175th Anniversary of the Alamo is February 24, 2011
One of the most important American patriotic messages ever written was by the commander of a small garrison at the Alamo in Texas, William Barret Travis.
Here is the text of the February 24 1836 message to the world.
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 & got into the walls 20 or 30 head of Beeves.
(end of letter from Travis)
For more information on the Alamo, The Daughters of the Republic of Texas