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23 December 2003:  Letter From The Alamo

Commandancy of the Alamo
Bejar, Feby. 24, 1836

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 and got into the walls 20 or 30
head of Beeves.