Commandancy of the Alamo Bexar, 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, and our flag still waves proudly from the walls. I
shall never surrender nor retreat. Then, I call on you in the
name of Liberty, of patriotism, & of 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 & got into the walls 20 or 30
head of Beeves.
  • Feb. 24th, Travis sent his Appeal
  • 184 Years, March 2, 1836, Texas Declared her independence
  • March the 6th, 1836 these brave men died