McArdle's Original Draft of His Manuscript on His Conception of the Painting, "Dawn at the Alamo"
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Harry Arthur McArdle
San Antonio, Texas
Explanatory notes on
“Dawn at the Alamo”
The Alamo Mission defended
by 182 Texans, was, after ten days
and nights bombardment captured
by the Mexican Army of 4,000 men,
under the dictator Santa Anna;
on the morning of the 6th of March 1836.
The horror and intensity of the resultant
tragedy was expressed in an
inscription on a monument erect-
ed "To the Heroes of the Alamo"; (but
which was destroyed in 1881 in the
fire which consumed the old
Capitol in Austin.) The inscription
read "Thermopylae had its
messenger of defeat, the Alamo
had none." There was not one
defendant left living.
McArdle's Original Draft of His Manuscript on His Conception of the Painting, "Dawn at the Alamo", Dawn at the Alamo Notebook, The McArdle Notebooks, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.