Commandancy of the Alamo
Bexar, Feby 24th, 1836
To the People of Texas and All Americans in the World--
Fellow Citizens and Compatriots
I am besieged with a thousand or more of the Mexicans
under Santa Anna. I have sustained a continual Bombardment and cannonade
for 24 hours and have not lost a man. The enemy has demanded surrender
at discretion, otherwise, the garrison is 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 over the wall. I shall never surrender or 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 and 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 and die like a solder who never forgets
what is due his honor and that of his country.
VICTORY OR DEATH
William Barret Travis
Lt. Col. Comd't
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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