By Trey Rusk
This coming Saturday, March 2, 2019 is the anniversary of Texas Independence in the year 1836. The Battle of the Alamo was not the deciding battle for Texas' Independence. However, The Battle of the Alamo bought time for General Sam Houston to organize his troops and prepare for the Battle of San Jacinto.
Many Texans fought the Mexican Army prior to the Battle of San Jacinto but the largest sacrifice of soldiers was from the Battle of the Alamo. Most historians place the number of killed defenders at 182. The number of Mexican soldiers that died in the conflict has been estimated to be over 600.
The men who stayed to serve under Colonel William Barret Travis at the Alamo knew that they were probably going to die. Just to make sure all the volunteer Texans were willing to give their lives in battle, Colonel Travis drew a line in the sand and gave each defender a chance to leave. All but one of the soldiers stepped on the line and Jim Bowie who was ill requested that he be carried. Mexican troop strength was estimated to be over 4000 soldiers. They held the Alamo for 13 days but in the end they all died.
I have placed a copy of the letter sent out requesting additional troops days before the Alamo fell. Please note these men died for a cause that they knew was bigger than all of them combined. This Saturday tip a glass for these men and Texas Independence Day.