Thursday, February 24, 2011

February 24 in San Antonio history...

1836
The Texans in the Alamo are summoned by Santa Anna to surrender. He is answered by a cannon shot.  Colonel William Barrett Travis writes his famous letter:

Commandancy of the Alamo

Bejar, Feby. 24, 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 walls. I shall never surrender or retreat. Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & 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 and got into the walls 20 or 30 head of Beeves. Travis

1898
San Antonio banks have run short of nickels and had to call on the mint for a new supply.  John R. Wood has received $100 worth of 1898 five-cent pieces.

1938
Carleton Adams, architect for the Cenotaph to the Alamo heroes, has released drawings of the $100,000 pylon.  The shaft will be 60 feet long and 12 feet wide.  The base will be of Texas granite.

1948
Fort Sam Houston's national cemetery has been allotted $33,000 for construction and development in a national program to honor WWII dead.  Most of the money will be spent for roads, curbs, gutters and a sprinkler system.

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