William Barret Travis' Letter from the Alamo, 1836

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Travis Letter, Page 2

Commandancy of the Alamo— Bejar, Fby. 24th 1836— To the People of Texas & all
Americans in the world— Fellow citizens & compatriots— I am besieged, by a thousand or
more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna—I have sustained a continual Bombardment &
cannonade for 24 hours & have not lost a man—The enemy has demanded a surrender at
discretion, 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 & every thing dear to the American character, to come to our aid,

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