San Antonio - Find the Alamo, Sightsee & Enjoy Chinese Lunch

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Alamo from our Emily Morgan room

 

San Antonio - Find the Alamo, Sightsee & Enjoy Chinese Lunch

 

The next morning, we decided to tour the Alamo. After our trouble locating our hotel the day before, we hoped we wouldn’t have too difficult of a time finding it.

 

After looking at several maps, it finally dawned on me that had to be close. Sure enough, when I looked out of our second story room window, I could see the back gate of the Alamo and the battle presentation area.

Francisco-Felicia-Me & TX troopers
 We laughed at our nose for the obvious and realized we'd always "Remember the
Alamo." 

 

BATTLE OF THE ALAMO

 

The myth and legend of the Alamo is the creation story of Texas, central to the Texas legend itself, and it is a legend which continues growing, capturing the imagination of people around the world. 

The battle was conspicuous for the large number of personalities among its combatants, including Tennessee congressman David Crockett and entrepreneur-adventurer James Bowie.

We'll remember our hotel & Alamo
For many Americans and most Texans, the battle has become a symbol of patriotic sacrifice.


The 13-day Battle of the Alamo (February 23-March 6, 1836) is the most famous conflict of the Texas Revolution. After an insurgent army of Texian settlers and adventurers from the United States drove all Mexican troops out of Mexican Texas, President Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana led an invasion to regain control of the area. Mexican forces arrived in San Antonio on February 23 and initiated a siege of the Texian forces garrisoned at the Alamo Mission.

 

Around 5:00 a.m., on Sunday, March 6, the Mexican army launched an assault on the Alamo from four directions. The outnumbered Texians repulsed two attacks, but were unable to fend off a third. As Mexican soldiers scaled the walls, most of the Texian soldiers retreated into the long barracks or the chapel. Several small groups who were unable to reach these points attempted to escape and were killed outside the walls by the waiting Mexican cavalry. The Mexican soldiers fought room-to-room and soon had control over Alamo. The assault lasted no more than 90 minutes.

 

The few defenders who survived the battle were quickly executed. That morning, every Alamo fighting man lay dead. Most eyewitness accounts reported between 182 and 257 Texian fatalities, while most Alamo historians agree that 400-600 Mexicans were killed or wounded.

 

On Santa Anna's orders, three of the survivors were sent to Gonzales to spread word of the Texian defeat. Instead of causing panic among the people, news of the Alamo's fall prompted many Texas colonists to join Sam Houston's army. On the afternoon of April 21, the Texian army attacked Santa Anna's forces in the Battle of San Jacinto. During the conflict, many Texians shouted "Remember the Alamo!" Santa Anna was captured and forced to order his troops out of Texas, ending Mexican control of the area, now known as the Republic of Texas.

scubagirl76 says:
TEXAS ALL THE WAY, BABY! best state ever, yihaaaa!
Posted on: Dec 20, 2008
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Alamo from our Emily Morgan room
Alamo from our Emily Morgan room
Francisco-Felicia-Me & TX troopers
Francisco-Felicia-Me & TX troopers
Well remember our hotel & Alamo
We'll remember our hotel & Alamo
Alamo gate from our hotel window
Alamo gate from our hotel window
Close up of back gate sign
Close up of back gate sign
Guide tells Alamos thrilling story
Guide tells Alamo's thrilling story
Emily Morgan Hotel from the Alamo
Emily Morgan Hotel from the Alamo
6 flags over TX & in front of hotel
6 flags over TX & in front of hotel
Beauty surrounds historic site
Beauty surrounds historic site
Texas has preserved Alamo Mission
Texas has preserved Alamo Mission
Most famous TX Revolution battle
Most famous TX Revolution battle
Horse-drawn carriage with tourists
Horse-drawn carriage with tourists
Francisco takes us sightseeing
Francisco takes us sightseeing
This parking lot wasnt always here
This parking lot wasn't always here
San Antonio Christmas trees
San Antonio Christmas trees
After unique tour, stop for lunch
After unique tour, stop for lunch
Horse outside P.F. Changs
Horse outside P.F. Chang's
As usual, Francisco horsing around
As usual, Francisco horsing around
Francisco snaps photo of Felicia
Francisco snaps photo of Felicia
Francisco & Felicia enjoy entrees
Francisco & Felicia enjoy entrees
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