Today at 5:00pm, in 1836, a dreadful silence breaks out over a former mission and important but indefensible, and undermanned fort as the shelling stops. The shelling is over, and the uneasy quiet is louder than the shelling that had preceded it. The leader of the men in the makeshift fort, Col. William Barrett Travis uses the time to separate
the men from the boys as he takes his sword and draws a line in the sand. Anyone who wishes to leave the fort may do so without question or shame, as those who stay behind are aware they are fighting to the death. One hundred and eighty-seven men will cross the line to stand beside him. Of these men, some are recognizable names to the world. One is a former congressman from Tennessee, David Crockett, known to all as Davy Crockett. Another man
is a citizen of the bayous, and a well-known fighter in his own right, known for the fancy piece of cutlery named in
his honor. He is James Bowie, known to all as the great knife-fighter, Jim Bowie. The men at the Alamo know what they are dying for, it is their task to buy time for General Sam Houston to turn his undisciplined Texas forces into
a real army to defeat General Santa Anna. Across the way, General Antonio De Lopez Santa Anna prepares for the
coming battle. The fort itself is not the real issue, the real reason for taking the fort is sending a message to the rebels about the uselessness of resistance to his will. He will take the fort, and punish the traitors and rebels for their insolence and disrespect of his power. He will not be defeated by this rabble.
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