The Alamo

Alamo collage


The battle of the Alamo, combined with the 13-day siege preceding it, was one of the most pivotal events in Texas history, and is certainly the most memorable. In it, a force of fewer than 200 Texians commanded by Lt. Colonel William Barret Travis were killed by an army of 3,000 to 4,000 Mexicans under the command of Generalissimo Antonio López de Santa Anna. Six weeks later, uttering the battle cry, "Remember the Alamo!" the Texian army commanded by General Sam Houston defeated and captured Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto. Since then, the Alamo has become a symbol for defiance in the face of overwhelming odds. The Alamo chapel - one of the few buildings of the original structure that still stands - is now known as "the shrine of Texas liberty."

The first set of articles in this section will present a detailed accounting of the men, women, and children who were in the Alamo from the beginning of the siege on February 23, 1836 until the battle on March 6. The first article was posted on May 29, 2023. More are anticipated.


Articles on Alamo Personnel

  • Colonel Neill's Muster Roll - a list of Texian soldiers who were under the command of Colonel James C. Neill in January 1836.
  • February 1, 1836 Voting Roll - a list of Texian soldiers who voted in an election in San Antonio on February 1, 1836.
  • Contemporary Casualty Lists - three lists of fallen Alamo defenders made shortly after the battle.
  • A biography of Benjamin F. Highsmith, said to be the "last man alive" who talked with Bowie and Travis at the Alamo.
  • A biography of Andrew J. Sowell, said to be the an Alamo courier whose name was mistakenly engraved on a monument to the fallen defenders.