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Storming The Alamo

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The completion of a raüway. by a Bostonian, from Houston, 200 miles, to i San Antonio, in fjnuth western Texas, has ' inveRted with frosh interest tlitnemories of this aneient capital cooval wítli Philadelphia. Everywhere, in evory city and hamlet of the United Stat', the play eutitled, " The Alamo; or Death of David Oocfcett," has nppealed to the passions of the átilBtMe; When thi railway was finished, latit tree, í went With a great throng to San Antonio attti Kifheed the facts here detailed, which give the MeTW aspect of the oíd familiar story. The recita! a" gWpn is a careful translation by Ooi. Ford, coiiitnonly known as "Oíd Rip," a frontier membei' Of e Texas Senate. The old Mexican soldier, ' theracoïtteMJVsnanied Francisco Buerrn, born in Guanajuato, in 1810. He became a soldier in 1828, was of the army j that stornied the Alamo in 1836, and wu captured by the Texans at San Jacinto. He became a citizen of Texas, served in the war Of 18i?-47 againot his native country, and in the C)Hfcdeate rmy in the war between the States. He i now an honored and aged citizen of Brownsville, and liis recital of facts as seen by a Mexican at the storming of the Alamo ha9 pecttliar yalue in the eyea of your Southwestern réfldërti Santa Anna was joined at Lnredo, where he crossed the Bio Gronde, by Gen. Cos, who, in violation of the terms of his recent snrrender at San Antonio, was forced to join Santa Anna and return into Texas. The movemcnts of the Mexcan army were greatly retarded ly fires on the prairie, which rendered the horses of the whole force alinost useless. Deaf Snüthj a fninous Tesan scout, was the author of this nlisohirf. Hanta Anna halted a day or two at Medina, V'hen lie was met by Señor Novarro and a priest, who gave the General accurate information as to the strength - 208 men in Üie Alamo - of the Americans in San Antonio. A sndden rain-storm and "norther" made the river impassable, and f foroed march and immediate assault impossible. Next hy he reaiuned the march, Gen. Mora in advance with orders to seize the mission of the Conception, a massive stone strncture deemed by Santa Anna a more detensible stronghold than the Alamo. A cannon-shot was fired wlien the head of the advaiicilig column reachod the cemetery. The town Was not defended, and Col. Mora was ordered to tóke a position north and east of the Alamo to prevent the escape of the garrison. This was late in February, 1836. Santa Anna led 4,000 men and waited the coming of Gen. TaLza with 2,000 more. A battalion crossed the San Antonio river and took possession of houses below the Alamo to build a bridge across the river. Thirty men of two companies sent the next day to make a reconnoissance were killed. A light earthwork was thrown np above the Alamo. Tlie iirin from the fort, now invested on every side, was eeaseless. An earthwork nearer the fort was constructed at night. On the 3d day of March Gen. Talza arrived, and the plan of assault was defined and made known to the división commanders. On the 5th of March scaling ladders were distributed. At 3 o'clock in the morning of the 6th, ever memorable in Texan song and story, tlie the Battalion Matamoras was moved to a point near the river and above the Alamo. They were supported by 2,000 men under Gen. Cos, Üiis wing of the army being commanded by Cien. Castrillon, Gen. Talza leading that below the Alamo. Santa Anna spent the night in the earthworks near the Alamo. The whole force was to move silently upon the fortress at the bugle-sound, and not to fire till in the trenohes of the Texans. Tlie bugle was heard at 4 o'clock. Gen. Castrillon's división, after half an hour's desperate fighting, and after repeated repulses and unheard-of losses, succeeded in efi'ecting an entrance in the upper part of tlie Alamo, in a sort of outwork, now a eourt-yard. The ftghting had only begun. The doors and windows of the Alamo building were barricaded and guarded by bags of sand heaped up as high as a man's shoulders, and on the roof were rows of sand-bags, behind which the Texaus fought as men never fought before - muzzle to muzzle, hand to hand. Each Texan )iüe-shot exhausted ite force and spent itself ín suecessive bodies of Mexicans packed togetlier like a wall of flesh. Muskets and rifles were clubbed, and bayonets and bowie-knives uever wrought sueh fearful carnage. The eeaseless crash of firearms, the shouts of the defiant, desperate, boleaguered Texans, the shrieks of the dying, inade the din infernal and the scène indescribable in its sublime terrors. Each room in the building was the scène of a desperate struggle with men driven to desperation, and conscious that escape was impossible. They fought even when stricken down, and wuèn dying still struggled, not with death, but to slay Mexicans. In the long room used as a hospital the siek and wounded fired pistols and rifles from their pallets. A piece of artillery snpposed to be that which Crockett had used during the siege, was shotted with grape and eanister and turned upon the desperate occupants of this apartment. Alter tlie explosión tlie Mexicans entereu and found the emaciated bodies of fourteen men, torn and rent and Wackened and bloody. Forty-two dead Mexicans lay at the doorway of this room. Bowie, whose name tella of his fearful knife and deeds, lay stark and stiff on a cot in this room. He was helpless and in bed when the place was invested ten days before. Eleven Texans fired with terrible effect from tlie roof of the building, where they usod tliree or four field-pieces, which they charged with nails and pieces of iron. Buerra, like all others, gives his peculiar versión of the story that recounts the f acte aft'ecting the death of Travis and of Crockett. These two wen; fouud living, yet exhausted by death-dealing, and lying among tlie i dead. 'When Travis was discovered he gave a Mexican gold, and, wliile conversing with him, Gen. Ooh, with whom Travis had dealt most generously when San Antonio was captured by the Americans, appeared. Cos embraced Travis, and influced otlier officers to join liim in ! ing Santa Anna to spare Travis' lite, i The President-General sternly refusod. ! Tlien Cnx'kett, from among the corpses, ! stood up, utterly exhausted by wenry, sleepless days and nights, and by five I in mi's' constant fighting. Santa Anna was enraged beyond meaBure that his orders were. not j cuted. He directed the soldiers near lum to nre on the two Texims. Travis wa shot first iu the back. He folded his arma across liis brenat, and stood stiffly erect till a bullot píerced ltis neek. Ho feil upon liis f'noe while Crofkett's body was riililled "with bullcts. The corjises of 2,000 Mexicana were burietl ; thoBe of the doad American were gathered and burned - n holocaust whose liri-.s lightM tlio mf to Texau freedom.


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