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.
About 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.
Table of Contents
|Part 1||Revolutionary Times|
|Chapter 1||Background of the Revolution||14|
|The Rise of Modern Republicanism||15|
|Independence and the Federal Republic of Mexico||18|
|Texas and Its People||20|
|Chapter 2||The Art of War in 19th Century North America||26|
|Following the European Tradition||27|
|The Army of the Republic||33|
|The Military Establishment and the Texas Revolution||37|
|Part 2||Rolling Back Centralism|
|Chapter 3||Texas in Revolt||43|
|Origins of the Conflict: Federalism Under Attack||44|
|War Comes to Texas||50|
|Victory at Bexar||61|
|Chapter 4||Texas in Turmoil||67|
|The Attempt to Build a Regular Army||68|
|The Governor and General Council at Odds||76|
|Part 3||The Failure of Frontier Defense|
|Chapter 5||Defending Bexar||82|
|The Town and Its People||83|
|The Effects of Revolutionary Politics on the Bexar Garrison||87|
|Bexar Loses Its Commander||107|
|Chapter 6||The Battle||111|
|The Alamo Under Siege||112|
|"Remember the Alamo!"||128|
|Note on Sources||157|
What People are Saying About This
a fresh look at the battle for the Alamo in historical context...to allow us to understand who these men were, how they got there, why they fought as they did, indeed even why they fought at all.
author, The Texas Revolutionary Experience
"Winders has written an excellent introduction [and] general readers seeking a concise view of the Alamo . . . will find this a good place to start."
". . . enjoyable and thought-provoking book."
a much-needed tonic for Alamo and Texas Revolution studies..
author, Three Roads to the Alamo
a masterful overview. Winders brings solid training and scholarly acumen to a subject all too frequently abandoned to amateurs.
author, Texian Illiad
Winders places this dramatic and original rendering of the Alamo
story firmly in the context of the principles of war and the customs
of Jacksonian America-a sort of Clausewitz meets de Tocqueville
on the Texas frontier.
author, Texas Flags