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52 HISTORYl01? TEXAS.
s But the feeble garrison could not long hold
out against such overwhelming numbers.
Travis fell early in the action, shot with a rifle
ball in the head. After being shot he had
sufficient strength to kill a Mexican who attempted
to spear hiul. The bodies of most
of the Texanis were found in the buildings,
where hand-to hand fights took place. The
body of Crockett, however, waa in the yard,
with a number of dead Mexicans lying near
him. Bowie was slain in his bed, and it is
said that he killed three Mexicans with his
pistols before they reached him after breaking
in the door. The church was the last
place entered by the foe. It lhad been agreed
that when resistance seemed nseles;., and
suspecting their fate, any surviving Texan
should blow np the magazine. Major Evans,
it is said, was performing this sad duty when
he was killed in time to prevent the explosion.
Several Texans appealed to their inhuman
captors for quarters, but they were
cut down without mercy. The butchery was
complete; not a Texan soldier was spared!
Two ladies and a negro servant were the only
occupants who remained to tell the tale of the
Alamo. Lieutenant Dickinson attempted to
escape with a child on his back, but their
bodies fell, riddled with bullets. 180 bodies
of the Texans were collected together and
partially buried. The Vleflans lost twice
THE ALAMO MONUMENT.
At the entrance to the State house at Austin,
a fine monument has been erected in
memory of the extraordinary heroism of the
Texans who fell in the battle and massacre of
March 6, 1836. On the four sides f the
pedestal are the names of Travis, Crockett,
Bowie and Bonam, On the north front of
the shaft is the following inscription: To the
God of the Fearless and Free is Dedicated
this Altar, made from the ruins of the Alamno;
on the west front, Blood of Heroes Hath
Stained me: Let the Stones of the Alamo
Speak, that their Immholation be not forgotten;
on the south front, Be They Enrolled
with Leonidas in the Host of the Mighty
Deal; and on the east. Th ile imopyle had her
Messenger of Defeat; but the Alamo had
The following names are inscribed upon
the north and south fronts:
J. B. Bowman,
S. C. Blair,
J. J. Baugh,
G. W. Cottle,
J. C. Day,
T. R. Evans,
J. C. Garrett,
J. F. Garwin,
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