The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 37, July 1933 - April, 1934 Page: 38
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
As I stated in my report to your Excellency on the 27th of last
month, concerning the taking of this city, I awaited the arrival of
the First Brigade of Infantry to commence active operations
against the Fortress of the Alamo. However, the whole brigade
having been delayed beyond expectations, I ordered that three of
its battalions, namely, the Engineers, Aldama, and Toluca, should
force their march to join me. These troops together with the
battalions of Matamoras, Jiminez, and San Luis Potosi, brought
the force at my disposal, recruits excluded, up to 1,400 Infantry.
This force divided into four columns of attack, and a reserve,
commenced the attack at 5 o'clock, a. m. They met with stubborn
resistance, the combat lasting more than one hour and a half'7
and the reserve having to be brought into action.
The scene offered by this engagement was extraordinary. The
men fought individually, vieing with each other in heroism.
Twenty-one77 pieces of artillery used by the enemy with the most.
perfect accuracy, the brisk fire of the musketry which illumed the
interior of the Fortress and its walls and ditches, could not check
our dauntless soldiers, who are entitled to the consideration of the
Supreme Government and to the gratitude of the nation.
The fortress is now in our power with its artillery stores, etc.
More than 6007" corpses of foreigners were buried in the ditches.
and entrenchments, and a good many, who had escaped the bayonet.
of the infantry, fell in the vicinity under the sabres of the
cavalry. I can assure your Excellency that few are those who,
bore to their associates the tidings of their disaster.
Among the corpses are those of Bowie and Travis who styled
themselves colonels, and also that of Crockett, and several leading
men, who had entered the Fortress with despatches from the Con-
vention. . We lost about 70 men killed and 300 wounded,79 among
whom are 25 officers.
78Santa Anna, Memoirs (translated by Willye Ward Watkins), p. 92,
University of Texas Archives. In his Memoirs Santa Anna says: "I
was obliged to call in the reserve to decide a struggle maintained so,
stubbornly for four hours." According to the report of others, his offi-
cial report was probably true concerning the length of time of the final
assault of the Alamo.
"In his Memoirs he says 18.
7"Ram6n Martinez Caro, Verdadera Idea, 11, writing in 1837, says:
"Although in the past (March 6, 1836) Santa Anna reported to the.
Supreme Government more than 600 enemy killed, I wish to say that I
myself wrote it, putting the number as his Excellency ordered; but now
that I speak the truth, I say not more than 183."
"Santa Anna, Memoirs, 92. Here he says: "But among us they put
out of battle more than a thousand, dead and wounded." Colonel Ed-
ward Stiff, Texas Emigrant, 315, reports that Santa Anna's negro serv-
ant, Ben, said that the Mexican officers admitted among themselves that
their dead numbered more than 1,200. This problem is discussed in
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