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Thursday, April 21, 2005

Texas: Remember the Alamo! 

On this day 169 years ago, in the span of just twenty minutes, the Texas army avenged their brethren and won independence from Mexico on a battle field in San Jacinto.

Silently and tensely the Texas battle line swept across the prairie and swale that was No Man's land, the men bending low... As the, troops advanced, "Deaf" Smith galloped up and told [Sam] Houston, "Vince's bridge has been cut down." The General announced it to the men. Now both armies were cut off from retreat in all directions but one...

At close range, the two little cannon, drawn by rawhide thongs, were wheeled into position... Then the whole line, led by Sherman's men, sprang forward on the run, yelling, "Remember the Alamo!" "Remember Goliad!" All together they opened fire, blazing away practically point-blank at the surprised and panic-stricken Mexicans. They stormed over the breastworks, seized the enemy's artillery, and joined in hand-to-hand combat, emptying their pistols, swinging their guns as clubs, slashing right and left with their knives. Mexicans fell by the scores under the impact of the savage assault.
The Republic of Texas may have been conceived at Washington-on-the-Brazos on March 2, but it was truly born on April 21. Happy San Jacinto Day, everyone! God Bless Texas!


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