The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo--and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation

A sweeping, action-packed saga of the mythical final stand on the Alamo, by way of the writer of the bestselling A poor Glory.

On February 23, 1836, a wide Mexican military led via dictator Santa Anna reached San Antonio and laid siege to approximately one hundred seventy five Texas rebels holed up within the Alamo. The Texans refused to give up for almost weeks until eventually virtually 2,000 Mexican troops unleashed a last attack. The defenders fought valiantly-for their lives and for a unfastened and self reliant Texas-but finally, they have been all slaughtered. Their final sacrifice encouraged the rallying cry "Remember the Alamo!" and eventual triumph.

Exhaustively researched, and drawing upon clean basic assets in U.S. and Mexican data, THE BLOOD OF HEROES is the definitive account of this epic conflict. Populated through larger-than-life characters--including Davy Crockett, James Bowie, William Barret Travis--this is a stirring tale of audacity, valor, and redemption.

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The conflict raged for 2 hours till an entire retreat used to be ordered. The attackers fell again out of rifle diversity, dragging their useless and wounded with them. Santa Anna’s strength took the worst of it, with males killed and 6 wounded. yet he had received the knowledge he wanted. The rebels should be an unruly bunch, yet they have been strong photographs, as their reputations instructed; they have been good entrenched in an outstanding place; they usually might publish a struggle. They truly wouldn't be crushed by means of a number of weary battalions. 9 days previous, whereas on the Rio Grande, His Excellency had written his secretary of struggle, José María Tornel, to inform him that Béxar will be taken inside fifteen days. the city used to be in Mexican fingers as soon as more—that a lot used to be precise. yet that possession used to be in identify simply so long as the rebels held the Alamo. They constituted not just an obstacle yet a private embarrassment. The longer the enemies lived, the extra the celebrity and honor of the Mexican military, and Santa Anna himself, have been compromised. And his army’s provisions have been working out, no new provides had arrived, and town were stripped naked. For a couple of cause, he couldn't have enough money to stay in Béxar one other weeks. Santa Anna determined that he might not watch for Gaona to reach with the heavier cannon, that have been basically twelve-pounders as a minimum. He dispatched a messenger backtrack El Camino genuine to discover the 1st Infantry Brigade, wearing orders to instantly ship Gaona’s 3 top battalions—the Aldama Permanente, the Toluca Activo, and the crack Zapadores—ahead to Béxar lower than the command of the senior colonel, Francisco Duque. The weaponry could wait. After this heavy skirmish His Excellency wrote Tornel back: “Up in the past they've got proven themselves contemptuous, convinced of the robust place that they keep, and basing their hopes upon the good assets in their colonies and of the USA of the North. besides the fact that, they shall quickly be ultimately disenchanted. ” meanwhile, he seized upon an unforeseen excitement. through the morning’s struggling with, in a single of the homes, Castrillón had came across the widow of a Mexican soldier and her appealing daughter. The defiant lady instructed the final they'd no different position to move, and they weren't afraid. Later, whilst Castrillón informed El Presidente of his come upon, Santa Anna expressed a wish to see the lady. Castrillón declined to behave as procurer for his commander, yet Miñón, untroubled through such scruples, agreed to do it. whilst he introduced Santa Anna’s message, the lady refused to permit Santa Anna any touch along with her daughter until sanctified through marriage. Miñón said this to his commander in leader, then advised him of a guy less than his command, a well-educated rascal able to every kind of tricks—including the impersonation of a clergyman. Santa Anna gave the order to continue. The soldado borrowed vestments from a clergyman on the town, in addition to every little thing else essential to practice a marriage based on the rites of the Catholic Church. The “nuptials” came about in Santa Anna’s quarters on major Plaza.

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