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A Critical Study of the Siege of the Alamo
land and Smith rode into the enclosure, they met Colonel Crockett,
who accompanied them to Travis. Sutherland reported the Mexi-
can cavalry almost within the city, but upon attempting to dis-
mount, he found that he could not stand on his crippled leg.
Nevertheless, he offered his services.
Travis, upon learning of Sutherland's injury, asked if he could
stand a ride to Gonzales, saying: "I must send a message to
Gonzales as quickly as possible so as to rally the people to my
support." Sutherland was willing to attempt the mission, and
Smith volunteered to accompany him. Crockett, still standing by,
said to Travis: "And here am I, Colonel, assign me to some place,
and I and my Tennessee boys will defend it all right." Travis
then replied that he wished Crockett to defend the picket wall
extending from the end of the barracks on the south side to the
corner of the church. After a few hasty preparations and brief
farewells to friends, Smith and Sutherland set out eastward. To
avoid being seen and pursued by the Mexican cavalry which was
just then entering the city on the west, they took the Goliad road,
but after going half a mile, they turned due east and struck into
the Gonzales road about a mile and a half east of the city. By
that time it was three o'clock on the afternoon of the 23rd.34
b. The First Despatches from the Alamo
The hasty note that Travis sent by these couriers to Andrew
Ponton, Alcalde of Gonzales, read:
"Commandancy of Bexar,
"Feb. 23rd. 3 o'clock P. M., 1836
To Andrew Ponton, Judge and Citizens of Gonzales:
The enemy in large force is in sight. We want men and pro-
"James T. DeShield (ed.), "John Sutherland's Account of the Fall of
the Alamo," Dallas News, February 5 and 12, 1911; or see John Suther-
land, Memoirs, University of Texas Archives; John Ford, Origin and
Fall of the Alamo, 21-26; William Corner, San Antonio de Bexar, 120-
121; John Henry Brown, History of Texas, I, 565; Appendix II, No. 2,
of the thesis from which these chapters are taken, shows a plat of the
Alamo and environs, drawn by Ignacia Labastida, the chief engineer of
Santa Anna's army. The original plat, done in water colors, is in the
University of Texas Archives. This plat is exceedingly interesting for
this study, not only because it is accurate as to the location and con-
struction of the Alamo, but also because it gives a complete picture of
Bejar, villita, the jacales near the Alamo, and the roads, leading to
Gonzales, to Goliad, and to the Rio Grande.
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