[45] Several members of the garrison who had been living in town brought their families with them when they reported to the Alamo. General Manuel Castrillón quickly assumed command of Duque's column. According to the diary of Jose Enrique de la Pena, on this day carelessness led the Aldama Battalion's powder supply to catch fire, causing "considerable alarm". [Note 11][79], On March 3, the Texians watched from the walls as approximately 1,000 Mexicans marched into Béxar. [26] The next night, Santa Anna and his army camped at Leon Creek, 8 miles (13 km) west of what is now Downtown San Antonio. The Texian officers voted that Seguin should carry the message. Although unconvinced by the reports, Travis stationed a soldier in the San Fernando church bell tower, the highest location in town, to watch for signs of an approaching force. The cavalry would guard the camp and patrol the area around the battlefield to stop any soldier, Texian or Mexican, who attempted to desert. Among these was Alamaron Dickinson, who fetched his wife Susanna and their daughter Angelina, and Bowie, who brought his deceased wife's cousins, Gertrudis Navarro and Juana Navarro Alsbury and Alsbury's young son into the fort. [12] Most of his soldiers were raw recruits,[13] and many had been forcibly conscripted. Who won the Battle of the Alamo? (Lindley (2003), p. Few arrangements had been made for a potential siege. After a volley of fire and a wave of Mexican bayonets, the few remaining Texians in this group fell back towards the church. (Todish, According to Francisco Ruiz, possibly the, Cremating bodies was anathema at the time, as most Christians believed that a body could not be resurrected unless it were whole. The soldiers were soon reduced to partial rations. On February 23, approximately 1,500 Mexicans marched into San Antonio de Béxar as the first step in a campaign to retake Texas. The Battle of The Alamo took place in 1836 between February 23 and March 6 in present-day San Antonio, Texas. see Lindley pg.94, To the People of Texas & All Americans in the World, With Davy Crockett at the Fall of the Alamo, Foreign relations of the Republic of Texas, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Siege_of_the_Alamo&oldid=997775994, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 2 January 2021, at 04:52. The second day of the siege began early with the Texians facing a newly established battery erected by the Mexicans during the night. Unable to reload, they used their rifles as clubs and fought with knives. A small group of men fought to the death to maintain control of the San Antonio fortress. [112] Meanwhile, Bonham had spoken with Fannin, who again declined to relieve the Alamo. There had been many rumors of Santa Anna's imminent arrival, but Travis ignored them. Mexican Colonel Juan Almonte wrote in his diary that two of the Alamo's guns, including the massive 18-lb cannon, were dismounted. [79] The Texians did not realize it was Santa Anna. Although the general showed himself, the violence continued and the buglers were finally ordered to sound a retreat. [10] The complex sprawled across 3 acres (1.2 ha), providing almost 1,320 feet (400 m) of perimeter to defend. [59][Note 9] The following morning, 200–300 Mexican soldiers crossed the San Antonio River and took cover in abandoned shacks near the Alamo walls. [117] According to historian Wallace Chariton, the "most popular, and probably the most accurate"[118] version is that Bowie died on his cot, "back braced against the wall, and using his pistols and his famous knife. [91], At 10 p.m. on March 5, the Mexican artillery ceased their bombardment. [142] The day after the battle, he interviewed each noncombatant individually. I also sent a letter asking for more help in the battle. When the cavalry charged, the Texians took cover and began firing from a ditch. [52] Fearing that he was contagious, Bowie moved into a small room in the low barracks along the south wall of the mission. 374.) According to Almonte, the Texians asked for an honorable surrender but were informed that any surrender must be unconditional. [52][Note 9], The first night of the siege was relatively quiet. The Mexican army celebrated loudly throughout the afternoon, both in honor of their reinforcements and at the news that troops under General José de Urrea had soundly defeated Texian Colonel Frank W. Johnson at the Battle of San Patricio on February 27. Despite the cold, soldiers were prohibited from wearing cloaks or blankets, as these might limit their movements on the battlefield. The first consisted of four men who gained the fort one night, and the second was a party of twenty-five." [84] In Bastrop, Edward Burleson began organizing a militia, which likely left for Gonzales on February 27,[85] arriving the following day. The Texian resistance led by William B. Travis put up a brave stand but was ultimately crushed and all Texians involved in the battle were killed. [76] [128] Lindley stated that just before midnight, Crockett and one of the other men found the force of Texians waiting along Cibolo Creek, who had advanced to within 20 miles (32 km) of the Alamo. [27] Centralists in Bexar soon alerted Santa Anna to the party, and he ordered General Ramirez y Sesma to lead a cavalry force to take the Alamo while the garrison celebrated elsewhere. [110], The occupiers in the cattle pen retreated into the horse corral. [97] On the afternoon of March 2, Santa Anna himself conducted a scouting trip. We have 150 men and are determined to defend the Alamo to the last. They returned with six pack mules and a prisoner, a Mexican soldier who would later be used to interpret Mexican bugle calls. The Mexicans won the battle, killing all of the Texan soldiers inside the fort. [103] Few of the Mexican ladders reached the walls. (Todish, According to Edmondson, Wolf then ran into the room, grabbed his remaining son, and leaped with the child from the cannon ramp at the rear of the church; both were killed by musket shots before hitting the ground. The Alamo was defended by a small force of Texians and Tejanos, led by William Barrett Travis and James Bowie, and included Davy Crockett. Dickinson refused the offer, which was not extended to Juana Navarro Alsbury although her son was of similar age. [124] Mexican soldiers inspected each corpse, bayoneting any body that moved. The battle also featured in episode 13 of The Time Tunnel, "The Alamo", first aired in 1966, and episode 5 of season one of the TV series Timeless, aired 2016. Bowie and Travis then mutually agreed to fire the cannon again. Petite and many other historians believe that some of the stories, such as the execution of Crockett, may have been invented to further discredit Santa Anna. [81] Travis's messengers were having small successes. At 11 a.m. Santa Anna accompanied the cavalry on a scouting mission, coming within musket shot of the Alamo. Although unconvinced by the reports, Travis stationed a soldier in the San Fernando churchbell tower, the highest location in town, to watch for signs of an approaching force. [139] According to a March 28, 1837, article in the Telegraph and Texas Register,[140] Seguín buried the coffin under a peach tree grove. [54] A third battery was positioned southeast of the fort. The next day, fifteen of the Tejano volunteers at the Alamo resigned. Volunteers in the Texian Army asserted the right to choose their own leaders, and most of them were unwilling to serve under officers of the regular army. Extensive use is made of original documents, from both sides of the battle, with legend (the famous line in the sand) presented as legend, and no historical rewriting. The Alamo garrison also had a large supply of captured Mexican muskets, with over 19,000 paper cartridges, but only a limited supply of powder for the artillery. The battery consisted of two eight-pounders and a howitzer and was located approximately 400 yards to the west of the fort. On February 23, Mexican troops under General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna entered San Antonio de Bexar, Texas and surrounded the Alamo Mission. Map of the Alamo (circa 1836) [50] The two batteries combined to hold two 8-lb cannon, two 6-lb cannon, two 4-lb cannon, and two 7-in howitzers. By March 1, the number of Mexican casualties were nine dead and four wounded, while the Texian garrison had lost only one man. deprived it of its sacred purpose.. "[56] The letter was eventually reprinted throughout the United States and much of Europe. [86], Unbeknownst to the Texians, Colonel James Fannin had finally decided to ride to their relief. [79] A blue norther blew in that evening and dropped the temperature to 39 degrees F.[78] Neither army was prepared for the cold temperatures. [133], Mexican soldiers would be divided into four columns. In an interview several years later, Bastian said that the group encountered a roving patrol of Mexican soldiers. As Santa Anna had planned, the exhausted Texians soon fell into a deep sleep, the first uninterrupted sleep many had gotten since the siege began. Although the battle itself lasted only 90 minutes, it was the culmination of a 13-day siege by General Antonio López de Santa Anna's troops against the outnumbered inhabitants of the fort. [99], During the day the Mexican army tried to block the irrigation ditch leading into the Alamo. Some were stationed within 300 feet (91 m) of the Alamo. The river, creek, streets and buildings are identified. [12] At the northern corner of the east wall stood a cattle pen and horse corral. [107][109][111] As the Mexican cavalry advanced on the group, Almaron Dickinson and his artillery crew turned a cannon around and fired into the cavalry, probably inflicting casualties. Texian sharpshooters remained on alert, and on the evening of February 29 killed Private First Class Secundino Alvarez, who had been ordered to ride near the Alamo to reconnoiter the defenses. as a Spanish mission in 1718.. For more than a century armed conflict. [23], Although some in the front of the Mexican ranks wavered, soldiers in the rear pushed them on. [56][57] On February 26 Travis ordered the artillery to conserve powder and shot. [138], The Texian bodies were stacked and burned. The Alamo structures that survived the battle were left as a ruin for a decade and then converted into an arsenal by the U.S. Army. [135] Some historians believe that at least one Texian, Henry Warnell, successfully escaped from the battle. [74] Despite their efforts, several huts remained standing, and overnight the Mexican army was able to erect a battery only 300 yards (270 m) from the Alamo. [52] Both emissaries met with Colonel Juan Almonte and José Bartres. The volunteers were afraid they had been discovered and galloped towards the Alamo. The new policies, and the increased enforcement of immigration laws and import tariffs, incited many immigrants to revolt. [122] At this point, Lindley calculated that the Alamo should have had approximately 164 effective men. Houston replied, "You should have remembered that at the Alamo". He identified up to 50 of Fannin's men, most of whom had been in Thomas H. Breece's company of New Orleans Greys, who left Goliad to go to the rescue of their former mates. "[71] Copies of the letter were distributed across Texas,[72] and eventually reprinted throughout the United States and much of Europe. [99] He finally asked a local citizen, Manuel Menchaca, to help them find food; Menchaca led the army to the Seguin and Flores ranches and stole all of their corn, beef, and hogs. The raid had to be called off when sudden rains made the Medina unfordable. Before beginning his assault on the Alamo, Santa Anna offered them one last chance to surrender. [92][93] Veterans were positioned on the outside of the columns to better control the new recruits and conscripts in the middle. [48], response of José Bartres to Texian requests for an honorable surrender, as quoted in the journal of Juan Almonte[49], By late afternoon Béxar was occupied by about 1,500 Mexican soldiers. Dickinson's crew fired their cannon from the apse into the Mexican soldiers at the door. [121] Lindley believes that on March 3 these men likely joined the advance unit under Chenoweth and Desauque, as well as Seguin and his Tejano unit. 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. [109], Last words of Texian defender Almaron Dickinson to his wife Susanna as he prepared to defend the chapel. Several hours later, Texian scouts reported seeing Mexican troops 1.5 miles (2.4 km) outside the town. [56] Neither army was prepared for the cold temperatures. In 19th-century Texas, the Alamo complex gradually became known as a battle site rather than a former mission. If they spare you, save my child, The plaza covered an area 75 feet (23 m) long and 62 feet (19 m) wide. [23], Mexican soldiers withdrew and regrouped, but their second attack was repulsed. [17], When Mexican troops departed San Antonio de Béxar (now San Antonio, Texas, USA) Texian soldiers captured the Mexican garrison at the Alamo Mission, a former Spanish religious outpost which had been converted to a makeshift fort by the recently expelled Mexican Army. [78] On the evening of February 26, the Texians burned more huts, these located near the San Luis Potosí Battalion. [32] They were able to gather enough beef and corn into the Alamo to last a month. Santa Anna's life was spared, and he was forced to order his troops out of Texas, ending Mexican control of the province and bestowing some legitimacy on the new republic. He supposedly drew a line in the sand and asked those willing to die for the Texian cause to cross and stand alongside him. [5] Within several years, John Wayne directed and starred in one of the best-known, but questionably accurate, film versions, 1960's The Alamo. and music from the buglers. A re-enactment of the 13-day siege of the Alamo, the defining moment of the Texas revolution. [165][Note 20] Another film also called The Alamo was released in 2004. Later that afternoon Santa Anna personally presided over the distribution of shoes to some members of his army. The Battle of the Alamo was won by the Mexican Army. Bonham's news, that Fannin was not coming after all, reportedly demoralized the Alamo garrison. "[33] Within an hour the first of the Mexican cavalry, commanded by Colonel Jose Vicente Minon, entered Béxar. [140], In an attempt to convince other slaves in Texas to support the Mexican government over the Texian rebellion, Santa Anna spared Travis' slave, Joe. [105] On the march to Bexar eight additional men joined the group. Many myths and legends have grown about the Battle of the Alamo, but the facts often give a different account. [55] No Texians were injured.[63]. [129] Lindley based his assumptions on two newspaper reports published within a month of the Alamo's fall that stated that 50 men had reinforced the Alamo a few days before the final assault. This left the south end of the mission unprotected; within minutes Mexican soldiers had climbed the walls and killed the gunners, gaining control of the Alamo's 18-pounder cannon. The U.S. Post Office issued two postage stamps in commemoration of Texas Statehood[174] and the Battle of Alamo. Impressed with Susanna Dickinson, Santa Anna offered to adopt her infant daughter Angelina and have the child educated in Mexico City. [98], Much of the Mexican army's provisions were in the rear of the convoy with Gaona and Filisola. Cos would command the first column, consisting of the Aldama Battlation and three companies of the San Luis Battalion. [107] When Santa Anna saw that the bulk of his army was massed against the north wall, he feared a rout; "panicked", he sent the reserves into the same area. Siege of the Alamo Santa Anna marched through the winter to get revenge for the battle of Gonzales and surrounded Texans at an old mission. Several noncombatants were sent to Gonzales to spread word of the Texian defeat. 372. 252.). [60], That afternoon Mexican soldiers were posted east of the Alamo, on the road to Gonzales. Jameson positioned this cannon in the southwest corner of the compound. [Note 14][122] Possibly the last Texian to die in battle was Jacob Walker,[123] who attempted to hide behind Susannah Dickinson and was bayoneted in front of the women. They hoped to rendezvous with Colonel James Fannin, who was expected to arrive from Goliad with his garrison. Most Americans, however, are more familiar with the myths and legends spread by many of the movie and television adaptations,[5] including the 1950s Disney mini-series Davy Crockett and John Wayne's 1960 film The Alamo. [107] Unable to reach the barracks, Texians stationed along the west wall headed west for the San Antonio River. Smith told the colonists at San Felipe "to fly to the aid of your besieged countrymen and not permit them to be massacred by a mercenary foe. [160] According to Bill Groneman's Battlefields of Texas, the Alamo has become "the most popular tourist site in Texas".[159]. [153] Santa Anna was captured the following day, and reportedly told Houston: "That man may consider himself born to no common destiny who has conquered the Napoleon of the West. [32], On February 11, Neill left the Alamo, determined to recruit additional reinforcements and gather supplies. Mexican soldiers drove a second group across the prairie. [57] Santa Anna also ordered that his military band serenade the Texians throughout the night. Santa Anna with nearly 1,800 Mexican troops far outnumbered the band of 188 men who had retreated into the Alamo. [87] Historian Robert Scott suggests that the trip was initiated after Fannin's objections were overridden by his officers. [41], On February 21, Santa Anna and his vanguard reached the banks of the Medina River, 25 miles (40 km) from Béxar. Almonte later said that Jameson asked for an honorable surrender, but Bartres replied "I reply to you, according to the order of His Excellency, that the Mexican army cannot come to terms under any conditions with rebellious foreigners to whom there is no recourse left, if they wish to save their lives, than to place themselves immediately at the disposal of the Supreme Government from whom alone they may expect clemency after some considerations. ), Lieutenant José Maria Torres is credited with successfully raising the Mexican flag; he was mortally wounded in the process. In the centuries before the battle, the Alamo had served as a Catholic mission, working to convert local Native Americans to Catholicism. [Note 10][78] In the darkness, the Texians fired on the remaining 32 men, whom they assumed were Mexican soldiers. During the fighting, many of the Texian soldiers repeatedly cried "Remember the Alamo!" He proposed an imminent attack on the fort. Albert Martin had reached Gonzales, the most westerly community of Texians, on February 25, the day after Sutherland and Smith had arrived with Travis's first message. [108] By the night of February 27, Travis sent Samuel G. Bastian to go to Gonzales "to hurry up reinforcements". [130][131] Many years later, Susannah Dickinson commented that Juana Alsbury left the fort that evening; Dickinson believed that Alsbury had deserted to provide Santa Anna with information about the Texian troop strength. Singer-songwriter Phil Collins collected hundreds of items related to the battle, narrated a light and sound show about the Alamo, and has spoken at related events. [61] Charles Despallier, Robert Brown, James Rose and a few others volunteered for the mission. Four Mexicans were killed before the flag of Mexico was raised in that location. [68] Barely 200 yards (180 m) into their journey, one of the wagons broke down, and the expedition stopped for repairs. [26] Colonel James C. Neill, the acting Alamo commander, wrote to the provisional government: "If there has ever been a dollar here I have no knowledge of it". Wednesday February 24 marked the first full day of siege. The Mexican army was taken by surprise, and the Battle of San Jacinto was essentially over after 18 minutes. as they slaughtered fleeing Mexican troops. [132] Another officer then remarked that "with another such victory as this, we'll go to the devil". Shortly thereafter, they received word that Fannin had departed Goliad for the Alamo. [106] As each door was blown off Mexican soldiers would fire a volley of muskets into the dark room, then charge in for hand-to-hand combat. (Edmondson (2000), p. He boasted to Texian Army commander Sam Houston that the Texians could "whip 10 to 1 with our artillery". As legend has it, I drew a line in the sand asking for men who would give their lives for freedom. He attacked on March 6, 1836, overrunning the approximately 200 defenders in less than two hours. [27] Travis then sent Captain Philip Dimitt and Lieutenant Benjamin Noble to scout for the Mexican Army's location. [20] He, and others in the Texian army thought Santa Anna would not march until spring, when the grass had begun to grow again. The news sparked both a strong rush to join the Texian army and a panic, known as "The Runaway Scrape", in which the Texian army, most settlers, and the new, self-proclaimed but officially unrecognized, Republic of Texas government fled eastward toward the United States ahead of the advancing Mexican Army. [88] Most scholars disregard this tale as there is no primary source evidence to support it (the story only surfaced decades after the battle in a third-hand account). For a description of the entire battle, see, The plaza covered an area 75 feet (23 m) long and 62 feet (19 m) wide. [115] That evening, the Convention finally received Travis's letter of February 25. I tell you, the Alamo must fall, and my orders must be obeyed at all hazards. [40][Note 7] Temperatures in Texas reached record lows, and by February 13 an estimated 15–16 inches (38–41 cm) of snow had fallen. [60] Seguin did not expect to survive the mission; he and Cruz encountered a Mexican cavalry patrol[73] but were able to escape using their knowledge of Spanish and the local terrain. Q. He discovered a road near the Alamo and moved the Jiménez Battalion to guard it. That afternoon, Santa Anna called a council of war with his senior officers. [121], As soldiers approached the sacristy, one of the young sons of occupier Anthony Wolf stood to pull a blanket over his shoulders. "[164] The first film version of the battle appeared in 1911, when Gaston Méliès directed The Immortal Alamo. But how much of the legend is fact, and how much is myth? The many soldaderas – women and children who followed the army – consumed much of the already scarce supplies. Although the Rio Grande now marks the border between Texas and Mexico, in this era the, The fiesta was in celebration of the birthday of, Although Santa Anna later reported that Texian cannon fire on February 23 killed two Mexican soldiers and wounded eight others, no other Mexican officer reported fatalities from that day. The Siege of the Alamo (February 23 – March 6, 1836) describes the first thirteen days of the Battle of the Alamo. Sesma was forced to send reinforcements, and the Texians were eventually killed. [15][16] Santa Anna reiterated this message in a strongly worded letter to United States President Andrew Jackson. Several of the men agreed with the decision, with Dr. Barnard writing in his journal, "With but three or four hundred men, mostly on foot, with but a limited supply of provisions, to march a distance of nearly one-hundred miles through uninhabited country for the purpose of relieving a fortress beleaguered by five-thousand men was madness! [30] In a letter to Governor Henry Smith, Bowie argued that "the salvation of Texas depends in great measure on keeping Béxar out of the hands of the enemy. We want men and provisions. [96] As a precaution, 500 Mexican cavalry were positioned around the Alamo to prevent escape of either Texian or Mexican soldiers. [2] Most eyewitnesses counted between 182–257 Texians killed. [64] Texian attempts to gather firewood were thwarted by Mexican troops. [144], Within hours of Houston's arrival on March 11, Andres Barcenas and Anselmo Bergaras arrived with news that the Alamo had fallen and all Texians were slain. 143. On February 23, Mexican troops under General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna entered San Antonio de Bexar, Texas and surrounded the Alamo Mission. This lesson covers the Battle of the Alamo during Texas's war for independence from Mexico. One interpretation is that Bowie's orders were to destroy only the barricades that the Mexican Army had erected around San Antonio de Béxar, and that he should then wait in the Alamo until Governor Henry Smith decided whether the mission should be demolished and the artillery removed. [59] At the end of the first day of the siege, Santa Anna's troops were reinforced by 600 men under General Joaquin Ramirez y Sesma, bringing the Mexican army up to more than 2,000 men. [78] Through the early days of the siege, the Texians didn't bother to take cover, as the Mexicans were too far out of their range to cause harm with their muskets; any Mexican soldier who ventured within 200 yards (180 m) of the Alamo, however, risked death or injury. [114] Many of the remaining occupiers were ensconced in the fortified barracks rooms. [112] Mexican soldiers turned their attention to a Texian flag waving from the roof of one building. The Mexican army responded with four balls from 7-in howitzers; the balls hit the interior of the Alamo but caused no damage or injuries. The remaining rifle companies of the San Luis Battalion, as well as the Toluca Battalion, would be under the command of Colonel Francisco Duque. [12] A wooden palisade stretched between these two buildings. [98], At 5:30 a.m. troops silently advanced. Before beginning his assault on the Alamo, Santa Anna offered them one last chance to surrender. [18] Travis was convinced that the Mexican army would not arrive in Bexar until at least mid-March. Bonham then went to Gonzales, only to find that most of the men who weren't at the Alamo had gone to the constitutional convention. View on sanantonioreport.org. [140] Although the original orders gave the battle starting time as 4 am, the soldiers were not completely in place until about 5 am. Impatient with the delay, on February 27 Travis ordered Samuel G. Bastian to go to Gonzales "to hurry up reinforcements". [105] Duque fell from his horse after suffering a wound in his thigh and was almost trampled by his own men. [5] The battle became more widely known after it was featured in the 1950s Disney miniseries Davy Crockett, which was largely based on myth. [101] The same day Texians spotted a Mexican general surrounded by aides and dragoons and fired, but did not hit any of them. (Edmondson (2000), p. After discharging their weapons, the small band of Texians scrambled over the low wall, circled behind the church and raced on foot for the east prairie, which appeared empty. [137], At 10 pm, the Mexican artillery ceased their bombardment. [126], According to many accounts of the battle, between five and seven Texians surrendered. [2], During the siege, newly elected delegates from across Texas met at the Convention of 1836. [35][Note 5], While the bulk of the garrison prepared for the attack, a few Texians remained in Béxar and raised a flag in the middle of Military Plaza. [44][Note 8] After learning of the planned celebration, Santa Anna ordered General Joaquín Ramírez y Sesma to immediately seize the unprotected Alamo, but sudden rains halted that raid. It is also considered more faithful to the actual events than other movies. "[31] Bowie also wrote to the provisional government, asking for "men, money, rifles, and cannon powder". [115] In the confusion, the Texians had neglected to spike their cannon before retreating. "[92], Before initially leaving Goliad, Fannin sent a courier to Gonzales to instruct Williamson to rendezvous at Cibolo Creek, halfway between Gonzales and San Antonio just north of present day La Vernia. [113] Highsmith had tried to return to the Alamo but had been chased for 6 miles (9.7 km) by Mexican cavalry; he told Bonham that no one could get through the Mexican lines. Dimitt and Noble, who had been scouting for signs of the Mexican army, were told by a local that Bexar was surrounded, and they would be unable to re-enter the town. Within Mexico, the battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War of 1846–48. [106] Others climbed through gun ports in the west wall, which had few occupiers. As news of the siege spread throughout Texas, potential reinforcements gathered in Gonzales. The Alamo was defended by a small force of Texians and Tejanos, led by William Barrett Travis and James Bowie, and included Davy Crockett. According to his research, as the Gonzales men approached the Alamo in the early hours of March 1 a rider appeared in front of them and asked, in English, if they wished to go into the fort. [104] As the group passed the ranch of volunteer John G. King on their way out of town his fifteen-year-old son, Wiliam, rushed out and asked to take his father's place, as John King was needed to support the family's nine children. Travis replied by openi… Although unconvinced by the reports, Travis stationed a soldier in the San Fernando church bell tower—the highest location in town—to watch for signs of an approaching force. Their column formation allowed only the front rows of soldiers to fire safely. ("Don't surrender, boys"). [6] Formalized under President Antonio López de Santa Anna on 15 December 1835, they were enacted in 1836. 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