I just returned from a trip to San Antonio, Texas where I was visiting my oldest son, Patrick, an aspiring lawyer.
San Antonio is home to the Alamo, one of the mightiest tales of the American frontier, and a source of great inspiration to me and many others. This is where they “drew a line in the sand,” and meant it.
The characters who made the Alamo famous are legendary: Sam Bowie, Travis, and, of course, Davey Crockett. I bet you didn’t know it but freedom loving patriots from across the country came to the Alamo to fight shoulder-to-shoulder with the Texans. An unidentified patriot made the trip from our great state of New Hampshire, and died at the Alamo.
The Battle of the Alamo lasted from 2/23/1836 to 3/6/1836. It was the most famous battle of the Texas Revolution. After Mexican troops were driven out of Texas, Mexican President, Santa Anna, led an invasion to regain control of the region beginning with a siege of the Alamo.
The odds were against the Texans from the start. They were vastly outnumbered and had no where near the ammunition or supplies of the Mexican insurgents. The Texans fought bravely and successfully defended two attacks, ultimately failing on the third.
The commander of the Alamo, Travis, wrote the following famous letter:
“To the People of Texas and All Americans in the world-
I am besieged with a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna. I have sustained a continual bombardment and cannonade for 24 hours and have not lost a man. The enemy has demanded a surrender … I have answered the demand with a cannon shot… I shall never surrender or retreat. Then, I call on you in the name of liberty, of patriotism,and everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid with all dispatch. The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily and 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 and die like a soldier who never forgets what is due his honor or that of his country. VICTORY or DEATH.
Signed, William Barret Travis, Lt.Col.Comd’t.
To this day, the Alamo stands for valor against all odds. Although destroyed they were not defeated and the Texans at the Alamo provided the inspiration for the ultimate victory. “Remember the Alamo” was the battle cry that paved the way to Texan freedom.
Stories like the Alamo say something of the American spirit. It is in our nature, as a people, to be free and independent. We don’t respond well to threats and demands.We stand up for what is right. Similar to the sentiment expressed by Travis, our New Hampshire license plates say: ” Live free or die.”
Always remember that we are citizens of the greatest country on earth. We are Americans, not Americants!
On April 15– tax day– the Alamo will be the scene of a Tea Party hosted by taxpayers who’ve had enough with high taxes. Should be quite an event.
At Donahue Law helping injury victims is our only job, and we don’t get paid until you win. Based in Keene,N.H., we handle personal injury cases across the nation.
Keep your strength.
Charlie Donahue, injury lawyer
At Donahue Law in Keene, N.H., we stand up for injury victims.