New PDF release: After the Alamo

By Robert Scott

After the Alamo is going past well known delusion and folklore to discover the occasions and painting the heroes (and the cowards) of the Texas battle for Independence. whereas Texans have been quite often unsatisfied with their Mexican govt in 1835, such a lot of them didn't wish a progressive conflict opposed to Santa Anna. even though there have been scattered violence within the territory, it used to be in simple terms after a band of generally outsiders used to be slaughtered in their recognized security of the Alamo that Texans even tried to set up formal competition. Then they wound up with governors and 4 army commanders, all at odds with each other. it will take numerous extra tragedies--at San Patricio, Refugio, and Goliad--to ultimately weld the Texans right into a unmarried- minded humans prepared to provide every thing for his or her independence. on the middle of this epic fight used to be James Walker Fannin-- useless, indecisive, in all probability cowardly, and at the same time heroic. was once he a hero or a villain? This publication probes this seldom- mentioned Texas tale in heart-wrenching aspect after which leaves the choice to you

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Ignoring the ferry anchored there, he dived into the water, swam as fast as he could to the Mexican side, dragged himself up the slippery embankment, and raced toward safety. " The one hundred fifty Mexican soldiers scrambled to see who could be the quickest to leave the area. Several Texans had by this time crossed the river on the ferryboat and were now racing their horses toward the rapidly emptying Mexican camp. They reached one side of the encampment just as the last of the Mexican soldiers were hastily exiting the other.

Noah Smithwick, The Evolution of a State (Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press, 1983), 71. 7. Ibid. 8. Some sources claim that one Mexican soldier was killed by this second cannon shot or in the moments immediately afterward, but that appears unlikely, and the author could find no verification. Most sources, including the Texas Almanac, say no one on either side was hurt in the skirmish. Page 11 Chapter 2 Rebels at Anahuac and Goliad Under the flag of independence we are ready to peril our lives a hundred times a day.

At least, that's the way the Alamo is normally portrayed. A closer inspection, however, shows that the brave and doomed defense of the Alamo may not have been a catalyst for the Texas revolution after all. It did not, in fact, unite Texans against Mexico and, contrary to popular opinion, does not appear to have served as the turning point in the Texas rebellion. In fact, at the time of the struggle in San Antonio, most Texans (and most of the rest of the world) seemed to view the Alamo as a tragic but unnecessary confrontation forced on Mexico by a handful of hard-headed and rebellious outsiders who were not really a part of Texas and Page vi Texans.

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