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with a message to Gonzales. Brown denounces Bastian's account
as "notoriously false," and one is inclined to think that Brown
may be right, for Travis would hardly have sent Bastian to Gon-
zales on the same day that Sutherland and Smith were sent there.
Moreover, no evidence can be found at the Land Office, or in other
official documents that have been examined during the work of
this study, which show that any man by the name of Bastian was
in the Texas army in 1836. This is not proof, however, that
the statement in his reminiscences that he was a courier from the
Alamo is not true, so I include his name in this list of probable
messengers. I do not think the evidence is conclusive enough to
place it on the list of messengers that I consider verified.
In the first and second chapters of this study I have briefly
traced the development of the Texas Revolution and its mili-
tary history to the storming of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.
Chapter I describes also the unorganized, chaotic condition of
the Texas government, and shows with what difficulty, and how
inadequately the Alamo was fortified to meet the coming of the
Mexican forces. In Chapter II the other side of the picture was
portrayed-conditions in Mexico, Santa Anna's difficulties in
raising and financing an army of invasion, the long bitter march
to Texas, the arrival at Bexar, and finally the investment and
final assault on the Alamo. Chapter III consists of biographi-
cal sketches of the chief characters of the tragedy-Bowie, Travis,
Crockett, the Texan leaders, and Santa Anna, the Mexican Gen-
eralissimo. In Chapter IV, I discuss certain problems and puz-
zles that have grown out of the Alamo episode, and in this chap-
ter also I present a list, which I believe to be accurate and practi-
cally complete, of those who died defending the fortress. Chap-
ter V embodies the details of my research in the reconstruction
of this roll of Alamo defenders. I consider it my most impor-
tant contribution to the subject.
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