1. True. In this time period, captured pirates were executed
immediately. The resolution thus gave the Mexican Army permission to take no
prisoners in the war against the Texians. Santa Anna also sent a strongly worded
letter to Andrew Jackson, the United States president, warning that any
Americans found fighting the Mexican government would be treated as pirates. The
letter was not widely distributed, and it is unlikely that most of the American
recruits serving in the Texian Army were aware of that there would be no
prisoners of war.
2. True. After hearing from Colonel James C. Neill of the poor state of the Alamo,
General Sam Houston ordered Colonel James Bowie to take 35 to 50 men to San
Antonio to help Colonel James C. Neill move all of the artillery and destroy the
Alamo. They arrived on January 19, where they found a force of 104 men with
little supplies and gunpowder.
3. False. The provisional governor of Texas, Henry Smith, ordered
William B. Travis to raise a company of 100 men to reinforce the Alamo; Travis
and his men arrived on February 3.
4. False. Davy Crockett joined the Texians on February 8.
5. False. On February 11, Colonel James C. Neill went on furlough,
likely to pursue additional reinforcements and supplies for the garrison. Travis
and Bowie agreed to share command of the Alamo. Bowie would command the
volunteers, and Travis would command the regular army and the volunteer cavalry.
6. True. In late December, Santa Anna's army began the march north.
After a two-week break in Saltillo to train the new recruits in how to use their
weapons, the march into Texas resumed on January 26, and the army crossed the
Rio Grande on February 12.
7. True. As early as February 16, locals warned that Santa Anna was
marching towards San Antonio. Despite his own contempt for the accuracy of the
rumors, on February 21 Travis, at the urging of Captain Juan Seguin, released 15
of the Tejano volunteers so they could evacuate their families from ranches
south of San Antonio. That afternoon, Santa Anna and his vanguard reached the
banks of the Medina River, 25 miles from San Antonio.
8. False. With no idea that the Mexican army was so close, the
majority of the Alamo garrison joined San Antonio residents at a February 22
fiesta to celebrate George Washington's birthday. After learning of the planned
celebration, Santa Anna ordered General Ramirez y Sesma to seize the Alamo while
the garrison was unprotected; sudden rains halted the raid.
9. True. Fearing the Mexican army's imminent arrival, many San Antonio
residents began to leave early the morning of February 23, 1863. When Travis
discovered their reasons for fleeing, he stationed one of his soldiers in the
San Fernando church bell tower to keep watch. At about 2:30 that afternoon, the
soldier saw flashes in the distance and rang the bell. Travis sent scouts to
look for signs of an approaching army; they returned quickly, having seen
Mexican troops 1.5 miles outside the town.