The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 37, July 1933 - April, 1934 Page: 23
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A Critical Study of the Siege of the Alamo
cannon balls; and I shall continue to entrench on the inside, and
strengthen the walls by throwing up dirt. At least two hundred
shells have fallen inside of our works without having injured a
single man; indeed, we have been so fortunate as not to lose a
man from any cause, and we have killed many of the enemy. The
spirits of my men are still high although they have had much to
depress them. We have contended for ten days against an enemy
whose numbers are variously estimated from fifteen hundred to six
thousand men, with General Ramirez- Sesma and Colonel Batres,
the aid-de-camp of Santa Anna, at their head. A report was cir-
culated that Santa Anna himself was with the enemy, but I think
it was false, A reinforcement of about one thousand men is now
entering Bexar from the west, and I think it more than probable
that Santa Anna is now in town, from the rejoicing we hear.
Col. Fannin is said to be on the march to this place with rein-
forcements, but I fear it is not true, as I have repeatedly sent to
him for aid without receiving any. Colonel Bonham, my special
messenger, arrived at La Bahia fourteen days ago, with a request
for aid, and on the arrival of the enemy in Bexar, ten days ago, I
sent an express to Colonel F., which arrived at Goliad on the next
day, urging him to send us reinforcements; none have yet arrived.
I look to the colonies alone for aid; unless it arrives soon, I shall
have to fight the enemy on his own terms. I will, however, do the
best I can under the circumstances; and I feel confident that the
determined valor and desperate courage, heretofore exhibited by
my men, will not fail them in the last struggle; and although they
may be sacrificed to the vengeance of a Gothic enemy, the victory
will cost the enemy so dear, that it will be worse for him than
defeat. I hope your honorable body will hasten on reinforcements,
ammunitions and provisions to our aid so soon as possible. We
have provisions for twenty days for the men we have. Our supply
of ammunition is limited. At least five hundred pounds of cannon
powder, and two hundred rounds of six, nine, twelve, and eighteen
pound balls, ten kegs of rifle powder and a supply of lead should
be sent to this place without delay, under a sufficient guard.
If these things are promptly sent and large reinforcements are
hastened to this frontier, this neighborhood will be the great and
decisive ground. The power of Santa Anna is to be met here or
in the colonies; we had better meet them here than to suffer a war
of devastation to rage in our settlements. A blood red banner
waves from the church of Bejar, and in the camp above us, in
token that the war is one of vengeance against rebels; they have
declared us as such; demanded that we should surrender at dis-
cretion, or that this garrison should be put to the sword. Their
threats have no influence on me or my men, but to make all fight
with desperation and that high-souled courage that characterizes
the patriot, who is willing to die in defence of his country's liberty
and his own honor.
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Texas State Historical Association & Barker, Eugene C. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 37, July 1933 - April, 1934, periodical, 1934; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101094/m1/31/: accessed July 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.