Lone Star LifeStatewide NewsVictory or Death: William Barret Travis’ Letter from the Alamo

On February 24, 1836, William Barret Travis wrote a letter imploring "all Americans in the world" to come to his aid as Mexican forces surrounded the Alamo. 184 years later, Travis' words are remembered for the patriotism and Texas pride they embodied.
February 24, 2020
Commandancy of the Alamo –

Bejar, Fby. 24th 1836 –

To The People of Texas & all Americans in the world –

Fellow citizens & compatriots –

I am beseiged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna – I have sustained a continual Bombardment & connonade for 24 hours & have not lost a man – The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, or otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken – I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, & our flag still waves proudly from the walls – I shall never surrender or retreat. Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch – the enemy is receiving enforcements daily & will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country – Victory or Death.

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William Barret Travis

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P.S. The Lord is on our side – When the enemy appeared in sight we had not three bushels of corn – We have since found in deserted houses 80 or 90 bushels & got into the walls 20 or 30 head of Beeves –



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Sarah McConnell is a reporter for The Texan. Previously, she worked as a Cyber Security Consultant after serving as a Pathways Intern at the Department of Homeland Security – Citizenship and Immigration Services. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Texas A&M as well as her Master of Public Service and Administration degree from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M. In her free time, Sarah is an avid runner, jazz enthusiast, and lover of all things culinary.