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OnDaFence 31M/39M
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3/5/2019 7:42 pm

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3/6/2019 8:27 pm

Solemn Day



It's not often Ash Wednesday occurs on Alamo day, both events deserving of our remembrance and reverence. I've covered Ash Wednesday and want to fill in a few more points from SCBrooke's blog quotThe Badass of the Weekquot with the history of the structure we all know as "The Alamo."



"Alamo Day" takes place on the anniversary of the final day of the Battle of the Alamo. The Alamo, originally known as the Mission San Antonio de Valero, was built by Spanish settlers around 1718, near what is now San Antonio. It housed missionaries and Native American converts until 1793, when the Spanish missions were secularized. Spanish troops began being stationed in the chapel of the empty mission in the early 1800s. Since it was located in a grove of cottonwood trees, the Spanish troops began calling it "El Alamo," the Spanish word for cottonwood; they also gave it this name in honor of their hometown in Mexico—Alamo de Parras. After being used by the Spanish, it was used by rebels and then Mexican troops; Mexico gained independence in 1821. It was also this year that Stephen Austin moved to Texas with 300 families from the United States—the influx of settlers into the area eventually helped to spark war in the 1830s.



Texas's war for independence from Mexico began in 1835. Texas sought independence for multiple reasons, some not without controversy today. In December 1835, the Alamo was captured and occupied by volunteer Texas soldiers, led by George Collinsworth and Benjamin Milan. They also controlled nearby San Antonio. In mid-February, James Bowie and William Travis took over at the Alamo and were joined by famed frontiersman and former Tennessee Congressman Davy Crockett. On February 23, 1836, Mexican forces, led by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, began a siege on the Alamo. The 200 or so Texans dug in and held on for 13 days. Ultimately, they could not hold off Santa Anna and his troops, which numbered 1,800 (by some accounts as many as 6,000), and the Mexicans broke through a breach in the outer wall of the courtyard on March 6. Almost all of the Texans were killed. Mexican forces also suffered great losses, losing somewhere between 600 and 1,600 men.



Mexican forces occupied the fort from March until May, but on April 21, Sam Houston and his troops defeated Santa Anna's forces at San Jacinto. As they fought, they shouted "Remember the Alamo," and with Houston's victory, Texas independence was assured. The United States annexed Texas in 1845. "Remember the Alamo" once again began a rallying cry, as America took on Mexico in the Mexican-American War (1846-1848 ). For many years following, the U.S. Army quartered troops and the supplies at the fort.



In 1883, the state of Texas bought the Alamo and later got the property rights to the surrounding grounds—making up over four acres. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas began managing the site in 1905, doing so until the 2010s, when it was taken over by the Texas General Land Office.



Two-and-a-half million people visit the Alamo each year, and it remains a symbol of resilience and resistance.



OnDaFence 31M/39M
27323 posts
3/5/2019 7:50 pm

At one time there were as many as 30 adobe buildings in the Mission San Antonio de Valero (later the Alamo) complex.


OnDaFence 31M/39M
27323 posts
3/5/2019 7:51 pm

The Alamo chapel was constructed of blocks of limestone. It is approximately 30 feet tall and 60 feet wide.


OnDaFence 31M/39M
27323 posts
3/5/2019 7:52 pm

The first stone of the Alamo was laid in 1744. There is a keystone at the top of the arch in the doorway that has the date 1758


OnDaFence 31M/39M
27323 posts
3/5/2019 7:55 pm

That familiar "hump" that we associate with the Chapel roof line was not there at the time of the battle but later added. I remember that from a tour several years ago.. but I can't find the date it was added.


Hungr4Yungr 70M
3825 posts
3/5/2019 8:30 pm

More Texas history to enlighten the uninformed. Thank you.


OnDaFence 31M/39M
27323 posts
3/5/2019 8:55 pm

    Quoting Hungr4Yungr:
    More Texas history to enlighten the uninformed. Thank you.
+How did your surgery go??? Texas is a BIG topic ! Plenty of room for many blogs to cover!


wonderbread69 67M
108 posts
3/6/2019 3:19 am

I've wanted to see the Alamo ever since Fess Parker played Davy Crockett on the Wonderful World of Disney. Thanks Brett.


Hungr4Yungr 70M
3825 posts
3/6/2019 6:05 am

    Quoting OnDaFence:
    +How did your surgery go??? Texas is a BIG topic ! Plenty of room for many blogs to cover!
The kidney surgery was a success and has healed well. Yesterday's checkup involved removing the temporary stent and a scope exploration of the affected area. I'll have another checkup in 3 months.


OnDaFence 31M/39M
27323 posts
3/6/2019 6:35 am

    Quoting wonderbread69:
    I've wanted to see the Alamo ever since Fess Parker played Davy Crockett on the Wonderful World of Disney. Thanks Brett.
We have both the 1960 and the 2004 movies. The guy who plays Santa Anna in the 2004 movie is an incredible actor. If you get a chance view them both the same day to compare the differing styles of the productions.


OnDaFence 31M/39M
27323 posts
3/6/2019 6:39 am

    Quoting Hungr4Yungr:
    The kidney surgery was a success and has healed well. Yesterday's checkup involved removing the temporary stent and a scope exploration of the affected area. I'll have another checkup in 3 months.
I go in today for blood work, xrays and a visit with my specialist to see if $25K worth of medicine has saved my toe and the mersa virus has been eclipsed.


EFGregory3187 31M  
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3/6/2019 7:28 am

I hope to attend the recognition at the site one year. I have been to the re-enactment at San Jacinto several times.


EFGregory3187 31M  
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3/6/2019 7:32 am

    Quoting OnDaFence:
    At one time there were as many as 30 adobe buildings in the Mission San Antonio de Valero (later the Alamo) complex.
What anyone sees today is really a tenth of what was the entire complex. That one pictire is a great example.


BrodyBarnes86 32M
29 posts
3/6/2019 10:30 am

RIP to all who served and lost their lives for this cause.


BrodyBarnes86 32M
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3/6/2019 10:38 am

    Quoting OnDaFence:
    At one time there were as many as 30 adobe buildings in the Mission San Antonio de Valero (later the Alamo) complex.
I would like to read the results of the massive historical archaeological/excavations that began back in 2000, I believe. Those present day buildings to the left were built after they were completed....I think.


SCBrooke 23M
137 posts
3/6/2019 1:12 pm

    Quoting BrodyBarnes86:
    RIP to all who served and lost their lives for this cause.
Amen to that Brody Barnes.


SCBrooke 23M
137 posts
3/6/2019 1:17 pm

The Memorial is on my list for future exploration.


SalvoAvonBuxton 25M
72 posts
3/6/2019 2:09 pm

I love people looking !! In the photo with all of the tourist "looking" at the exhibits, such intensity on those faces. That speaks volumes !!


OnDaFence 31M/39M
27323 posts
3/6/2019 8:15 pm

    Quoting EFGregory3187:
    I hope to attend the recognition at the site one year. I have been to the re-enactment at San Jacinto several times.
There's been some short clips of the San Jacinto re-enactment om Youtube that others may want to view too.


OnDaFence 31M/39M
27323 posts
3/6/2019 8:18 pm

    Quoting EFGregory3187:
    What anyone sees today is really a tenth of what was the entire complex. That one pictire is a great example.
Someone had mentioned an Alamo 360 but I have not viewed it yet. If you know of a libnk that would be a good item to share in here.


OnDaFence 31M/39M
27323 posts
3/6/2019 8:18 pm

    Quoting BrodyBarnes86:
    RIP to all who served and lost their lives for this cause.
amen.


OnDaFence 31M/39M
27323 posts
3/6/2019 8:21 pm

    Quoting BrodyBarnes86:
    I would like to read the results of the massive historical archaeological/excavations that began back in 2000, I believe. Those present day buildings to the left were built after they were completed....I think.
That Alamo 360 should be a definitive program. The 3rd picture alluded to it ,however, I wasn't able to find it.


OnDaFence 31M/39M
27323 posts
3/6/2019 8:23 pm

    Quoting SCBrooke:
    Amen to that Brody Barnes.
The time they bought for Sam Houston was priceless.


OnDaFence 31M/39M
27323 posts
3/6/2019 8:24 pm

    Quoting SCBrooke:
    The Memorial is on my list for future exploration.
Take plenty of pictures and consider videos for youtube.


OnDaFence 31M/39M
27323 posts
3/6/2019 8:27 pm

    Quoting SalvoAvonBuxton:
    I love people looking !! In the photo with all of the tourist "looking" at the exhibits, such intensity on those faces. That speaks volumes !!
When we were in there it was stone cold silence like at the Tomb of the Unknown whether or not that is a normal occurrence IDK but complete reverence was observed while we were in there.