The fall of the Alamo, March 6th, 1836
Furious at rebel victories in the Texas Revolution, General Antonio López de Santa Anna was determined to demonstrate that resistance to Mexican rule was futile. His troops laid siege for 13 days against 145 Texans garrisoned in a fortified mission called the Alamo. At dawn, Santa Anna’s 4,000 soldiers advance, and, on their third attempt, breach the mission’s walls. The Mexicans show no quarter in vicious hand-to-hand fighting, and in two hours every defender is killed. Almost immediately, “Remember the Alamo” becomes the rallying cry of the Texas army of independence.