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

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

by Richard Bruce Winders

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ISBN-13: 9781880510803
Publisher: State House/McWhiney Foundation Press
Publication date: 02/02/2004
Series: Military History of Texas Series , #3
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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

Introduction11
Part 1Revolutionary Times
Chapter 1Background of the Revolution14
The Rise of Modern Republicanism15
Independence and the Federal Republic of Mexico18
Texas and Its People20
Chapter 2The Art of War in 19th Century North America26
Following the European Tradition27
The Army of the Republic33
Frontier Defense35
The Military Establishment and the Texas Revolution37
Part 2Rolling Back Centralism
Chapter 3Texas in Revolt43
Origins of the Conflict: Federalism Under Attack44
War Comes to Texas50
Victory at Bexar61
Chapter 4Texas in Turmoil67
The Attempt to Build a Regular Army68
The Governor and General Council at Odds76
Part 3The Failure of Frontier Defense
Chapter 5Defending Bexar82
The Town and Its People83
The Effects of Revolutionary Politics on the Bexar Garrison87
Bexar Loses Its Commander107
Chapter 6The Battle111
The Alamo Under Siege112
The Assault122
"Remember the Alamo!"128
Conclusion134
Appendices A-D135
Endnotes149
Note on Sources157
Index160

What People are Saying About This

Paul Lack

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

Journal of Southern History

"Winders has written an excellent introduction [and] general readers seeking a concise view of the Alamo . . . will find this a good place to start."

Western Historical Quarterly

". . . enjoyable and thought-provoking book."

William C. Davis

a much-needed tonic for Alamo and Texas Revolution studies..
author, Three Roads to the Alamo

Stephen L. Hardin

a masterful overview. Winders brings solid training and scholarly acumen to a subject all too frequently abandoned to amateurs.
author, Texian Illiad

Robert Maberry

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

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