By Robert Scott
After the Alamo is going past renowned fable and folklore to discover the occasions and painting the heroes (and the cowards) of the Texas battle for Independence. whereas Texans have been usually unsatisfied with their Mexican govt in 1835, so much of them didn't wish a progressive struggle opposed to Santa Anna. even though there were scattered violence within the territory, it used to be in simple terms after a band of more often than not outsiders was once slaughtered in their recognized protection of the Alamo that Texans even tried to set up formal competition. Then they wound up with governors and 4 army commanders, all at odds with each other. it will take a number of extra tragedies--at San Patricio, Refugio, and Goliad--to eventually weld the Texans right into a unmarried- minded humans prepared to offer every thing for his or her independence. on the heart of this epic fight used to be James Walker Fannin-- useless, indecisive, in all likelihood cowardly, and at the same time heroic. used to be he a hero or a villain? This e-book probes this seldom- mentioned Texas tale in heart-wrenching aspect after which leaves the choice to you
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There was also a revulsion to indications that military proponents were more motivated by money than by patriotism. Those agitating for military confrontation with Mexico and establishment Page vii of a separate Republic of Texas were in many cases egged on by enticements of valuable land grants from self-centered interests in the United States. Another major reason the Alamo defenders did not have popular support in the beginning was simply that what they were doing was clearly illegal. At a time when most men were highly moral, the thought of deliberate disobedience to the law was repulsive.
One citizens' group formed a quasi-military Texas defense organization. They elected officers and regularly trained for what they considered the inevitable military showdown with Santa Anna. The highest ranking officer of this group was "Colonel" Ben Milam, a tough-talking soldier of fortune, who was just aching for confrontation. When he learned of the Gonzales incident, Milam agonized over missing the action. That, however, seemed only to harden his resolve to get actively involved in the next opportunity to flex his military muscle.
Santa Anna gave his permission, and an arrest warrant was issued. Page 15 The incidents at Gonzales and Anahuac were remarkable in many ways, not the least of which was the fact that after several years of growing dissention, these confrontations and Mexico's eventual reaction to them finally forced Texans to begin choosing sides. No longer was it possible to be neutral in the steadily increasing controversy over whether Texas should try to separate from Mexico and become either a state of the United States, or an independent nation, the Republic of Texas.
After the Alamo by Robert Scott