The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902 Page: 90
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passed. IRow the women and children would yell when we knocked
the holes in the walls and went, in. It was dark; and by daylight
all of the men were sheltered in these houses. We had dug our way
through the houses until we were opposite the portholes in the bar-
ricades on the streets. We had holes punched in the walls so that
we could see how to shoot. The guns in these barricades were
pointed down the street, and we were on each side in the houses.
They could not turn the guns around so as to shoot at us, but we
could shoot at them over the walls of the barricades, and when one
of them crossed in front of a porthole we shot at him. We moved
our cannon into a street so as to knock down some of the barricades,
and the fire of the Mexican cannon dismounted it.
We were about a week1 lighting in those houses. On the third
day of the battle our cannon was lying dismounted in the street,
and General M\ ilam wanted to get it out of the street so as to
mount it again and use it. He went out in the street to show
those who were trying to move the cannon how to work, when a
canister shot hit him in the head and killed him." Johnson and
somebody else3 took command after Milam fell. We dragged AMilam
in out of the street and put him in one of the houses. That same
house is standing in San Antonio now.
After several more days fighting we captured the barricades, and
the soldiers who had been behind them retreated into the Alamo.
They soon put up a flag and called for a cessation of hostilities
until a consultation could be held. After parleying they agreed to
give up the fort with all its cannon if we would allow them their
'From daylight on the morning of the 5th till half-past six o'clock a. m.
on the 9th.
'Others assert that he was killed "in the hour of victory, while recon-
noitering with his glass for the final assault" (Thrall's A Pictorial History
of Texas, 592), or "while leading a charge" (Texas Scrap Book, 38). In
view of the discrepancies of these statements, most readers will perhaps
prefer that made by F. W. Johnson, Milam's colleague, in his official
report immediately after the battle: "At half-past three o'clock, as our
gallant commander, Col. Milam, was passing into the yard of my position
[the Veramendi House], he received a rifle shot in the head, which caused
his instant death."
'Major R. C. Morris.
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