Words from Dic(tionary)
Alamo: (the Alamo) a mission in San Antonio, Texas, site of a siege in 1836 by Mexican forces in which all 180 defenders were killed.
Reality, think and hope.
These are the three elements that go into telling the story of history. Nowhere is this any more evident than in the tale of the Alamo.
Our great hope is that 180 human souls gave their lives for freedom, making a last-ditch stand against the tyranny of Santa Ana.
We think we understand their motivations–and we also have thoughts that perhaps things could have been handled better so that such a death toll was unnecessary.
Rarely do we arrive at reality.
The truth of the matter is, the “big three” of the Alamo–Travis, Bowie and Crockett–were at the end of their careers and escaped to Texas to start over again–or perhaps, end it all. They had failed relationships, diminishing careers, and a bit of mischief and malfeasance trailing them.
Actually, it was completely unnecessary to defend the Alamo.
- We hope that they were buying time for Sam Houston to build up an army to defeat Santa Ana.
- We think that was on their minds.
- But in reality, we don’t know.
For after all, when the Alamo was taken over and all occupants killed, Sam Houston intelligently scooted away, avoiding his enemy, until he could choose just the right time–when they were exhausted and he had the best ground.
General Houston finished them off in no time at all, without losing many troops.
So what happened at the Alamo is a typical piece of American history. It had some nobility, some ulterior motives and certainly … a bit of stupidity.