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Dawn at the Alamo

McArdle's Original Draft of His Manuscript on


His Conception of the Painting, "Dawn at the Alamo"

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Typewritten version

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McArdle's draft of the painting concept, page 1

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.

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