What exactly happened on March 6, 1836 at the Alamo?
may wish to view our Digital
Story about the Alamo by Michael Ray as an introduction
to this section.
primary source documents that describe the events at the Alamo,
assess their reliability, and reconstruct the basic facts regarding
what took place.
assessing the documents, you might ask the following questions:
Was the account recorded around the time of the battle or much
2. Was the author of the account in a position to observe the
3. How do the accounts differ from one another in terms of details:
for example, whether any of the Alamo's defenders survived the
battle, the size of the Mexican army, and the number of deaths
on both sides of the battle.
The references in the documents to Bexar refer to the full Spanish
name for San Antonio, San Antonio de Béxar.
of the Alamo, Mexicans and Texans fight to the death
Moran, Percy, artist. "Battle of the Alamo." Reproduction
of an original painting. Joliet, Illinois, Gerblach Barklow Co.,
copyright 1912. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.