By Robert Scott
After the Alamo is going past renowned fable and folklore to discover the occasions and painting the heroes (and the cowards) of the Texas battle for Independence. whereas Texans have been more often than not unsatisfied with their Mexican executive in 1835, such a lot of them didn't want a progressive battle opposed to Santa Anna. even if there were scattered violence within the territory, it was once in basic terms after a band of generally outsiders used to be slaughtered in their well-known protection of the Alamo that Texans even tried to arrange formal competition. Then they wound up with governors and 4 army commanders, all at odds with each other. it'll take a number of extra tragedies--at San Patricio, Refugio, and Goliad--to ultimately weld the Texans right into a unmarried- minded humans keen to offer every little thing for his or her independence. on the middle of this epic fight used to be James Walker Fannin-- useless, indecisive, almost certainly cowardly, and concurrently heroic. was once he a hero or a villain? This ebook probes this seldom- mentioned Texas tale in heart-wrenching aspect after which leaves the choice to you
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5 After Colonel Sandoval and his thirty defeated soldiers vanished over the southern horizon, Captain Collingsworth dispatched one of his men to deliver a message to Colonel Milam and the "Texas Council"men who now proclaimed themselves to be the government of the land. Collingsworth's message said, I arrived here at 11 o'clock and marched into the fort by forcing the church doors; and after a small fight, they surrendered with three officers and twenty-one soldiers, together with three wounded and one killed.
In the "Indian wars" Burlesone had gained a reputation for great courage and tremendous savvy. Unlike Austin, Burleson was popular among the men and popular among the general civilian population. That was important, for the public would have to support the revolution if it were to succeed. Once Burleson assumed command, the militia was ready to force an armed showdown with the Mexican troops occupying the Alamo. That such an attack was ordered evidenced the dream world in which the Texas Council was operating.
In a letter explaining the Mexican retreat, Travis wrote: On the morning of the 30th [of September], the troopsabout four hundred in numbercapitulated, delivered us sixty-four rounds of armsmuskets and bayonetsand agreed to leave Texas immediately under parole, never to severe against the people of Texas. I sent them bag and baggage on board the sloops, and they are now on the march without arms to La Bahia. 2 The bloodless confrontations at Anahuac and Gonzales thrilled many Texans and horrified an apparently equal number.