Telegraph and Texas Register (San Felipe de Austin [i.e. San Felipe], Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 21, Ed. 1, Thursday, March 24, 1836 Page: 3 of 4
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was denied by the unrelenting enemy total extermination
succeeded, and the darkness of death occupied the memo-
rable Alamo, but recently so teeming with gallant s ri ts
and filled with deeds of never-failing remembrance. We
envy not the feelings of the victors, for they must have
been bitter and galling; not proud ones. Who would,
not be rather one of 'the Alamo heroes, than of the living
of its merciless victors? Spirits of the mighty, though
fallen! honours and rest are with ye: the spark of im-
mortality which animated your forms, shall brighten into
a flame, and Texas, the whole world, shall hail ye like
demi-gods of old, as founders of new actions, and as
patterns for imitation !
From the commencement to its close, the storming last-
ed less than an hour. Major Evans, master of ordnance,
was killed when in the act of setting fire to the powder
magazine, agreeably to the previous orders from Travis.
The end of David Crocket of Tennessee, the great hun-
ter of the west, was as glorious as his career through
" life had been useful. He and his companions were found
surrounded by piles of assailants, whom they had im-
molated on the altar of Texas liberties. The counte-
nance of Crocket, was unchanged : he had in death that
freshness of hue, which his exercise of pursuing the
beasts of the forest and the prairie had imparted to him.
Texas places him, exultingly, amongst the martyrs in
her cause. Col. Travis stood on the walls cheering
"his men, exclaiming, Hurra, my'boys!' till he received
a second shot, and fell; it 'is stated that a Mexican
general, (Mora) then rushed upon him, and lifted his
sword to destroy his victim, who, collecting all his last
expiring energies, directed a thrust at the former, which
changed their relative positions ; for the victim became
the victor, and the remains of both descended to cterna
sleep ; but not alike to everlasting fame.
Travis's negro was spared, because, as the enemy said,
'his master had behaved like a brave man ;' words which
of themselves form an epitaph : they are already engra-
ved on the hearts of Texians, and should be inscribed on
his tomb. Col. James Bowie, who had for several days
been sick, was murdered in his bed; his remains were
mutilated. Humanity shudders at describing these scenes;
and the penraTirarliviHgTmiigTBtops"to gaih fresh force7
that sensibility may give way to duty.
Suspended animation has returned to the instrument of
our narration, and we continue. Mrs. Dickinson and
her child, and a negro of Bowie's, .and as before said,
Travis's were spared.
Our dead were denied the right of Christian burial;
being stripped and thrown into a pile, and burned.
Would that we could gather up their ashes and place
them in urns!
It is stated that about fifteen hundred of the enemy
were killed and wounded in the last and previous attacks
J, -, -Lieut's.
r i i ) W. B. Travis, Commandant,
Colonels' James Bowie,
David Crocket, of Tenn.
Forsyth, of the regular army,
Harrison, of Tenn.
Wm. Blazeby, N. O. Grays,
Baker, Miss, volunteers,
Carey, militia of Texas,
S. C. Blair, volunteemilitia,
John Jones, N. O. Grays,
J. G. Baugh, N. O.
Rob't Evans, mast. ord. Ireland,
Williamson, serg't major,
" Pollard, surgeon.
" Thompson, Tenn.
Eliel Melton, quarter master,
Anderson, assist't qr. mast.
Burnell, " "
Nelson, (el'k. of Austin, mer.)
William Smith, Nacogdoches, -Lewis
E. P. Mitchell, Georgia,
F. Desanquej of Philadelphia,
John (el'k irjDesanque's store,)
Christopher Parker, Natchez,
Rose, of (Vacogdoches,
Blair, j "
David WTilsonj "
John M. Hays, Tenn.
W. D. Sutherland, Navidad, Tex.
Doctor Howell, If. O.
Wm.' Wells, Tenn.
Wm. Cummings, Penn.
R. W. Valentine,
Robt. Muselman, N. O.
Robt. Crossman, "
Richard Starr, England,
J. G. Ganett, N. O.
James Dinkin, England,
Robt. B.' Moore, N. O.
Wm. Linn, Boston,
Wm. Johnson, Philadelphia,
Nelson, Charleston, S. C.
Dan'l. Bourne, England,
Chas. Zanco, Denmark,
Maj. G. B. Jamieson,
Col. J. B. Bonham, Ala.
Harris, of Ky.
Devault, of Mo. plasterer,
Jonathan Lindley, of Illinois,
Dewell, blacksmith, N. Y.
John Garvin, Mo.
Isaac Ryan, Opelousas,
Capt. A. Dickinson, Gonzalez,
Geo. C. Kimball, "
James George, "
Dolphin Floyd, "
Thomas Jackson, "
Jacob Durst, Gonzales,
George W. Cottle, "
Andrew Kent, . "
Thos. R. Miller, ."
Wm. King, - "
Jessee McCoy, "
Claiborn Wright, "
Galby Fugua, "
John Davis, "
Albert Martin, "
On hearing of the total destruction of Col. Travis's
men, and reasonably calculating upon a sudden move-
ment of the enemy, Gen. Houston thought it adviseable
to fall back to the-Colorado; and though this was done
with a considerable sacrifice to the citizens of Dewit's
colony, we do consider that it was the only safe course.
It might have been possible that our troops could have
checked the enemy at that place, but there being other
crossings, the hazard, we think, would have been too
great Gen. Houston's force was small and not well
provided with ammunition. Whilst hi3 position at the
Colorado gives times for more reinforcements to join him,
and so renders our efforts more imposing and the issue
less doubtful. The laying waste of all the property
which could not be removed will convince our enemies
that if they overrun our territory they will get no booty.
We received yesterday cheering intelli-
gence from our army, which we now take
the liberty of publishing for the people's
satisfaction. It is contained in a letter,
dated 21st inst. from Beason's ferry, and
says as follows: "One thousand men of
the enemy are on their march to the Colo-
rado, and may be expected to-day. Our
army is in fine spirits and good health ; there
isTiot-arsiclnnan on tiie-ksl-j- aiiuaxe-eagi
to meet the enemy : the latter bring three
light pieces of artillery. The general has
confidence in the army's being fully compe-
tent to give a good account of the enemy.
Our spies are active and vigilant, and no
fears are entertained that the enemy will
gain any advantage over us. The complete
subordination of our troops never has been
surpassed by any others of the same descrip-
tion in any country: their anxiety to retrieve
the misfortunes of the past is heard and wit-
nessed throughout the camp. Two hundred
of our men are now crossing the river to
meet the enemy's advance, and every confi-
dence may be entertained of their success.
The prisoner says that Santa Ana is gone
Colonel Fannin writes from Goliad on the
17th inst. that the enemy were in sight, dis
tant about five miles, and that he also was
preparing to give a good account of them, -by
resisting to the utmost. For want of
time he had not effected' his retreat from
Goliad, as ordered.
The willingness of some to carry expresses to the east
is greater than their desire to march to the seat of Avar.
We have just received the following on that subject:
On my way from Washington, I met two
men who enquired the way to Groces's fer-
ry, which naturally led to ask their business
in that direction at such a moment as this.
They said they were from the army on ex-
press to the east : the people in their sec-
tion not aware of the critical situation of
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Baker & Bordens. Telegraph and Texas Register (San Felipe de Austin [i.e. San Felipe], Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 21, Ed. 1, Thursday, March 24, 1836, newspaper, March 24, 1836; San Felipe de Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth47891/m1/3/?rotate=270: accessed May 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.