Sacrificed at the Alamo: Tragedy and Triumph in the Texas Revolution

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The Battle of the Alamo is one of the most compelling stories from American history. Students of the battle often wonder why William B. Travis and his small garrison were left alone to meet their fate at the hands of General Santa Anna. Author Richard B. Winders, the historian and curator at the Alamo, examines events that led to this epic struggle and concludes that in-fighting among the revolutionary leadership doomed the Alamo garrison.

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Overview


The Battle of the Alamo is one of the most compelling stories from American history. Students of the battle often wonder why William B. Travis and his small garrison were left alone to meet their fate at the hands of General Santa Anna. Author Richard B. Winders, the historian and curator at the Alamo, examines events that led to this epic struggle and concludes that in-fighting among the revolutionary leadership doomed the Alamo garrison.

The Texan victories of 1835 created discord among rebel leaders as various factions strove to direct the revolution to meet their own specific goals. That bickering resulted in an almost total breakdown of Texan military forces as individual commands were swept into the political battle. The democratic fervor of the 1830s worked against building a cohesive Texan Army and was largely responsible for the twin tragedies of the Alamo and Goliad.

Informative and provocative, Sacrificed at the Alamo will appeal to general readers as well as students of the classic battle and its important place in Texas history.

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Editorial Reviews

David Uhler
"excellent and unique perspective...Winders gets inside the heads of the attackers and defenders at the Alamo while providing a sweeping look at the origins of the military organization and tactics employed by both sides."
San Antonio Express-News
TimeOut for Entertainment
"required reading for anyone interested in that period."
Reese Vaughn
"the book provides a fascinating look back at the Alamo...[and] makes for a fascinating read."
Victoria Advocate
Journal of Military History
"The book will appeal to specialists...as well as to Alamo buffs, and should find a home in undergraduate classrooms"
From The Critics
"Informative and provocative."
Gun Week
"an excellent view . . . and well researched."
Texas Books in Review
". . . a solid primer on the story of the Alamo."
Southwestern Historical Quarterly
". . . deserves a prominent place in Alamo literature for its contribution to a better understanding of this fascinating episode in Texas history."
Glenn M. Bussett
"This is a remarkably well done book; excellent research and with conclusions accurately drawn....a cohesive military and political analysis...that this reviewer has never seen in most previous studies."
The Manhattan Mercury
Southwest Book Views
"a wonderfully succinct explanation of why two cultures and two views of government produced an inevitable clash."
Military Heritage
". . perceptive and well written."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781880510803
  • Publisher: State House/McWhiney Foundation Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2004
  • Series: Military History of Texas Series, #3
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 981,492
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


RICHARD BRUCE WINDERS, historian and curator of the Alamo, is the award-winning author of Mr. Polk's Army: American Military Experience in the Mexican War; Crisis in the Southwest: The United States, Mexico, and the Struggle Over Texas; and Davy Crockett: The Legend of the Wild Frontier.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 11
Pt. 1 Revolutionary Times
Ch. 1 Background of the Revolution 14
Ch. 2 The Art of War in 19th Century North America 26
Pt. 2 Rolling Back Centralism
Ch. 3 Texas in Revolt 43
Ch. 4 Texas in Turmoil 67
Pt. 3 The Failure of Frontier Defense
Ch. 5 Defending Bexar 82
Ch. 6 The Battle 111
Conclusion 134
Appendices A-D 135
Endnotes 149
Note on Sources 157
Index 160
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2008

    Alamo

    If you are interesting in the Texas Revolution, then this book is a must read,because this book describes the strategies,maps, and tactics during the Texas Revolution.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2008

    Alamo- The big picture

    This is an excellent book which helps to explain the reasons why the men died at the Alamo. It is also an excellent book for someone who wants to get to the 'meat' of the Alamo.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2008

    A broad look at the Alamo

    Winders is an author that knows his stuff. As the Historian and curator of the Alamo, he is one of the best possible people to write a book about it. Winders doesn't just talk about the battle in this book, but tells of the events leading up to it and the events afterwards in teh Texas Revolution. At the beginning of each chapter he uses a story from inside the walls of the Alamo to hook you and then breaks it down using a historical approach to tell you why everything happened the way it did. It was a very extensive look at the Alamo.

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