Today marks the 178th anniversary of the day the Alamo fell. On March 6, 1836, the Mexican Army overran Texas forces.
The pre-dawn battle is held dear to the heart of Texans everywhere. They yell "Remember, the Alamo!" to commemorate the day Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna's army seized the stronghold.
Ultimately, Texans may have lost the battle, but they won the war and their independence!
Here are some fast facts provided by thealamo.org :
- The Alamo began as a Spanish mission named San Antonio de Valero.
- The mission was named after a Spanish viceroy
- At one point, the Alamo served as a commercial warehouse after the Army stopped using the Alamo in the 1870s.
- The Alamo has been occupied by Spain, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederate States of America and the United States of America
- The exact number of Texians (not a typo!) who died at the Alamo is unknown. Numbers range from 150-250.
- It is believed around 600 Mexican soldiers were killed and wounded.
- All patrons of the Alamo are asked to remove their hats as a sign of respect. The sign was first placed at the entrance by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas in 1913.
- No photographs are allow inside the Alamo.
- The battle for the Alamo lasted from February 23–March 6.
- A band of 32 volunteers from Gonzales came to the aid of those already defending the Alamo.
- William B. Travis was the commander of the Alamo
- Jim Bowie and David Crockett were killed defending Alamo