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William Travis Letter

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William Barret Travis sent his famous letter, To the People of Texas and All Americans in the World, on February 24, 1836, pleading for assistance as Santa Anna’s Mexican troops amassed outside the Alamo. The text is below:

Fellow citizens & compatriots –

I am besieged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna – I have sustained a continual Bombardment & cannonade for 24 hours & have not lost a man. The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken – I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, & our flag still waves proudly from the walls – I shall never surrender or retreat. Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism, & every thing dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch – The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily & will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country – Victory or Death

William Barret Travis
Lt. Col. Comdt.

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One Comment about William Travis Letter

Julian Shand says:
December 10th, 2015 at 10:07 pm

The friend of Travis, James Butler Bonham, also from South Carolina, was the uncle of my grandmother, Patience Griffin Bonham, who married Gadsden Shand of Columbia, SC, around 1890. James Bonham rode out of the Alamo, through the Mexican army, to summon help, but help was denied. So James rode back through the Mexicans into the Alamo to die with Travis with the other Americans – less than 200 in all.
A younger brother of James, Milledge, named for Governor Milledge of Georgia, fought in the Seminole War, the Mexican War, and led The South Carolina Brigade in the first great battle of the Confederate War, at Manassas Junction in Virginia. Soon after he became Governor of SC.
Julian Bonham Shand,Jr.


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