The untrained soldiers who fought at the Alamo believed freedom and the struggle for a better life were worth dying for.
Its peculiarly local exuberance is nourished by rare traditions and an untamed individualism.
None of its defenders survived, so that legends obscure their fate. But the facts do no dishonor to these beleaguered men, sworn to fight on until the end “at the peril of our lives, liberties and fortunes”
Both grimness and beauty touch this haunting fragment of America’s past