My sister came over to spend a week with us, and we decided to take her to show her San Antonio. I’ve been there before, but it’s been a while. Especially the Alamo.
The Alamo is a place where 200 defenders held out courageously for 13 days before thousands of Mexican soldiers killed everyone.
What I didn’t realize until now is that the Texan commander-in-chief Sam Houston told Alamo’s commanders to abandon the post. However, fully understanding the situation, the men of Alamo decided to defend the fort to the last man.
The massacre begs a logical question: what was the point?
The Mexican Army became complacent, and the sacrifice electrified the Texans. In fact, during the next and final battle of the war, the Mexican general was napping while the Texans knew that the outcome would be victory or death. Also, knowing the Alamo’s defenders by name or reputation made the fight extremely personal.
On April 21, 1836, on the bank of San Jacinto River, Sam Houston and some 800 Texans defeated Santa Anna’s Mexican force of 1,500 men in just 18 minutes. They shouted, “Remember the Alamo!” as they attacked.
But did the Alamo’s defenders know how giving up their lives would impact the course of the war? Probably not. However, Bowie, one of the commanders, knew that General Houston needed time to raise the sizeable army to repel Santa Anna.
In other words, Alamo’s defenders didn’t think about the sacrifice. They focused on doing their part to win the war, even if it meant that they had to lose the battle. Now, nearly 200 years later, Alamo is a lasting inspiration for the heart to face insurmountable odds. A testament to the unforgettable act of courage and results far higher than the mind could have imagined.
What are you fighting for? How can you bring more heart to the fight?
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