The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905

Work in Behalf of the Alamo.

THE WORK OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE REPUBLIC OF
TEXAS IN BEHALF OF THE ALAMO.
MRS. ADELE B. LOOSCAN, HISTORIAN, DAUGHTERS OF THE REPUBLIC
OF TEXAS.
Perhaps never in the history of nations did the course of a revolu-
tion develop so rapidly from hopeless defeat to glorious victory as in
the forty-six days from the fall of the Alamo, March 6, 1836, to
the battle of San Jacinto, April 21, of the same year. So swiftly
did important events crowd upon each other that in their contem-
plation one wonders that the victors, leaders as well as men, did not
abandon themselves to the transports of delirious joy and revenge,
instead of showing, as they did, unlooked for mercy toward their
captive foe.
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas have labored contin-
uously since their organization in 1892 to impress upon the people
of the State the sacred duty of owning the ground whereon were
enacted these scenes, which nearly seventy years ago thrilled the
civilizd world with admiration. After nine or ten years of patient
effort in the face of obstacles great enough to have baffled and dis-
couraged weak hearts, they succeeded in inducing the State of
Texas to become the owner of the battle field of San Jacinto. Dur-
ing all this time the work of education has been going on, and now
that they are undertaking to accomplish the same high purpose for
the Alamo, they hope that there may not be the same difficulties to
encounter.
Yet in spite of the fact that the school master has long been in the
land, there is an unfortunate and inexcusable ignorance in regard
to the scene of the struggle in the Alamo, and the chapel which was
bought by the State in 1883 is accepted by many who ought to know
better as the whole and only theatre of the siege, defence, and holo-
.caust. Just because it makes the story of the assault more thril-
ling to point out the exact spot where this one fell, and that one
made a stand, this grand old pile has been made the medium for the
perpetration of false accounts, until people who do not read history

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