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 means of the writer of the bestselling A bad 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 till nearly 2,000 Mexican troops unleashed a last attack. The defenders fought valiantly-for their lives and for a unfastened and self reliant Texas-but after all, they have been all slaughtered. Their final sacrifice encouraged the rallying cry "Remember the Alamo!" and eventual triumph.

Exhaustively researched, and drawing upon clean fundamental resources in U.S. and Mexican information, THE BLOOD OF HEROES is the definitive account of this epic conflict. Populated via 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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What was once left of the military may retreat to the east aspect of the Guadalupe, to Gonzales or Goliad, there to attend out the wintry weather. The revolution, if it used to be to proceed, must wait until eventually spring. thousands of fellows left, and the remainder ready to damage camp. many of the volunteers, quite the recent Orleans Greys, were longing for motion, and expressed their discontent. Discord unfold, until eventually it seemed as though the disorderly troops may well struggle between themselves and forget about the enemy less than the river. Then, past due one afternoon, a Mexican officer rode out of city and surrendered to the rebels. whilst he pointed out the negative morale of the Mexican troops, the argument for an assault was once renewed. a pacesetter used to be wanted, somebody to champion an assault, to rally the boys earlier than all of them left. Into the midst of this confusion of packing, leaving, and vociferous dialogue rode the fellow who could do exactly that. SIX The conflict of Béxar i'm of opinion it will likely be a significant one until we're aided a mediatly ship us support and we by no means will surrender the sphere until eventually we will be able to take pleasure in our Constituanal rites. EDWARD BURLESON Ben Milam had already packed numerous lifetimes into his forty-seven years. He was once an established Texian, someday empresario, and full-time adventurer. although slightly literate, he may possibly declare as a lot army adventure as somebody in camp. He had fought within the conflict of 1812, engaged many years later in a filibustering excursion into Mexico with the infamous James lengthy, battled Karankawa cannibals close to the coast, and in 1821 served as a colonel within the military of the hot Republic of Mexico for a time. whilst Agustín de Iturbide had assumed the imperial crown, Milam had resigned his fee, pointing out that “he could by no means serve a king. ” by means of order of that monarch, he were pursued, arrested, and imprisoned for a short while, till the republicans took over in March 1823. He had got a wide land furnish above DeWitt’s in 1826, although six years later he had simply brought fifty-two households into his colony, and his license was once no longer renewed. At one time he held declare to twenty-two Mexican mines. any such existence held little room for a girl, and the one one he had ever been engaged to had given up anticipating Milam and married another person. yet his many ventures had confirmed unsuccessful, and via 1835 he owned little a couple of eleven-league supply. For his a variety of offenses, he had visible the interior of multiple Mexican criminal. He had simply simply escaped from one in Monterrey—a buddy prepared a horse and provisions—and made his means hundreds of thousands of miles to Texas, by some means achieving Goliad simply in time to hitch the motion there. His outfits in tatters, he had donned goods taken from the Mexican garrison there, however the pants and sleeves have been not less than six inches too brief on Milam, who used to be just a little above normal in top. a number of days later, while he rode into the camp at Gonzales, Austin had made him commander of a fixed undercover agent corporation. the previous Kentuckian’s correct knee was once heavily arthritic and his again gave him hassle, yet he was once nonetheless good muscled and full of life.

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