Colonel William Barret Travis letter to the People of Texas ( Battle of the Alamo ) February 24, 1836


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Colonel William Barrett Travis Letter to the People of Texas during the Siege of the Alamo

February 24, 1836 (text)

Commandancy of the Alamo——

Bejar Fby. 24th 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 wall —– I shall never Surrender or retreat

Then, I can on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism &
every thing dear to the American character, to come to our aid

with an dispatch —– The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily &
will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. If this can is neglected, I am deter mined 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 & got into the walls 20 or 30 head of Beeves—


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