; born in Conecuh county, Ala.
, in 1811; admitted to the bar in 1830 and began practice in Claiborne, Ala.
; went to Texas
about 1832 and later joined the Texas
army and fought for the independence of that territory.
With 140 men he defended Fort Alamo (the old mission station of San Antonio de Valerio) against 4,000 Mexicans, Feb. 23, 1836.
The place was stoutly defended for ten days; numerous appeals were made for aid, but only thirty-two men succeeded in passing the Mexican lines
After frequent attacks had been repulsed with great slaughter a handto-hand fight occurred on March 6, in which the Texans
were not overcome until only six of their number were left alive,. including Travis
, David Crockett
, and James Bowie
These surrendered after a promise of protection had been made, but when they were taken before Santa Ana
, near San Antonio
, on the same day he gave orders to cut them to pieces.
Shortly afterwards, during the battle at San Jacinto
, where the Mexicans met a bloody defeat, the battle cry was “Remember the Alamo
See Alamo, Fort