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evation of about sixty feet, which commanded the whole
town and surrounding country. With all these formi.
dable obstacles had the volunteers to contend, and also
with more than three times their number of the choice
troops of Mexico. At 7 o'clock, a heavy cannonading
from the town was seconded by a well directed fire
from the Alamo. In consequence of which the Texans
were unable to use their artillery, and confined to
a close but well aimed fire from their rifles, which
obliged the enemy, notwithstanding their advantageous
position, to slacken their fire, and several times to
abandon their artillery within the range of the Texan
rifles. The loss of the Texans during the day was one
private killed; Col. Ward and a first lieutenant severely
wounded. During the whole night, the Texans labored
in opening trenches and strengthening their position.
On the morning of the 6th, the enemy, protected by parapets,
opened a brisk fire from the tops of some houses
which thdy had occupied in front of the Texans, accompanied
by a cannonading from both the town and
the Alamo. Notwithstanding, the Texans gained considerable
advantage during the day; their loss was three
privates, badly wounded. On the 7th, the enemy open.
ed a heavy fire from their batteries, which, in the
course of the day, was silenced by the superior fire of
the Texans. On this day fell the brave, the lamented
Milam, shot in the head.
On the morning of the 8th, having lost their leader,
many of their officers being wounded, exhausted by three
days' constant exertion, and by want of food, the principal
part of their work yet to be done, and of appalling
magnitude, the assailants were all but disheartened.
The fortified public square had not yet been reached,
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Newell, Chester. History of the revolution in Texas, particularly of the war of 1835 & '36; together with the latest geographical, topographical, and statistical accounts of the country, from the most authentic sources. Also, an appendix. By the Rev. C. Newell., book, 1838; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6109/m1/82/: accessed April 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .