Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna Recaptured the
Do you know why Americans remember the Alamo?
In 1836, a small band of Texans fought the Mexican Army
from inside an old mission chapel known as the Alamo. Texans
fighting for independence from Mexico had seized the structure
and sent Mexican troops away from San Antonio the previous
December. Colonel James Bowie and Colonel William B. Travis
commanded the small force defending the Alamo, including the
famous backwoodsman Davy Crockett.
The Mexican army, led
by General Antonio López de Santa Anna had been ordered to
recapture the Alamo and take no prisoners.
morning of March 6, 1836, General Santa Anna recaptured the
Alamo, ending the 13-day siege. An estimated 1,000 to 1,600
Mexican soldiers died in the battle. Of the official list of 189
Texan defenders, all were killed.
On April 21, 1836, Sam
Houston, commander of the Texas Army, led 800 troops in a
surprise attack on Santa Anna's 1,600 men. Shouting, "Remember
the Alamo!" the Texas Army won the battle at San Jacinto in 18
minutes and secured Texas independence from Mexico. Texas
remained independent for nearly 10 years, becoming a state in