The Alamo 1836: Santa Anna's Texas Campaign (Praeger Illustrated Military History)

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On the morning of March 6, 1836 around 1,100 Mexican soldiers under Generalissimo Santa Anna stormed a small mission outside San Antonio, Texas, and slaughtered the garrison of around 200 Texans. It was not a large battle but its consequences vastly outweighed its size for the name of the mission was the Alamo. Less than two months later Santa Anna's force was smashed at San Jacinto by a volunteer army whose battle cry was Remember the Alamo, winning Texas her independence.

This volume covers the story of the 1836 campaign in Texas, including the epic siege of the Alamo. In 1835 Texas was a province of the Mexican Republic, the President of which was the despotic Santa Anna, a thief, liar, compulsive gambler, opium addict and megalomaniac to boot. Dissatisfaction with increasingly oppressive Mexican rule on the part of the Texans led ultimately to war. Their initial success was short-lived and in February 1836 Santa Anna marched his army into Texas and laid siege to an old mission named the Alamo outside San Antonio. It was defended by a collection of volunteers under Colonel William Travis and the famous adventurer Jim Bowie (he of the knife), and included David Crockett. After a siege of 11 days the Mexicans stormed the Alamo and slaughtered the garrison. Outrage at the Alamo galvanised the Texans. Sam Houston's force, now the only thing between Texas and subjugation, fell upon Santa Anna's army and destroyed it in a battle lasting a mere 18 minutes. Their battle cry as they charged was 'Remember the Alamo!', and the result was Texan independence.

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Highly visual guides to history's greatest conflicts, detailing the command strategies, tactics, and experiences of the opposing forces throughout each campaign, and concluding with a guide to the battlefields today.

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STEPHEN L. HARDIN is a professor of history at The Victoria College. He is the author of the award-winning Texian Iliad: A Military History of the Texas Revolution.

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