Tuesday, March 6
Remember the Alamo
On this day in 1836, the Alamo, a former mission in San Antonio, Texas, fell after a nearly two week-long siege to Mexican dictator, General Antonio López de Santa Anna. The whole garrison was slaughtered. The Tennessee Volunteers, led by former congressman Davy Crockett, and their Texan comrades were outnumbered 15 to 1. Despite the loss, the 13-day holdout stalled the Mexican Army's progress and allowed another former Tennessee lawmaker, Sam Houston, to gather troops and supplies for his later successful battle at San Jacinto. The frontier patriots ultimately were to win the war and to establish the independent Republic of Texas.