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Battle of the Alamo

In the most famous battle of the so called Texas War of Independence, the white city of Texas which had recently been brought under white control again, was the goal of both warring peoples. Of course, the rebel white Texans took refuge in the Alamo after a force of 2,400 Anishinabe soldiers were ordered to attack San Antonio again, to attempt to retake the settlement. On February 23, 1836, a lookout in San Antonio discovered that a large force of Anishinabe soldiers were making their approach to the city. Later on during that same day, a force of 1,500 Anishinabe soldiers easily took Bexar but the rebel white Texans took to hiding in the Alamo. In response to an Anishinabe demand that they capitulate, the white rebel Texans chose to initiate a battle by firing off their cannons. However, at least a few of the rebel white Texans realized their predicament and actually commenced to negotiate with the Anishinabe commanders who told them they must surrender unconditionally. After hearing the Anishinabe surrender terms, they agreed to not surrender unconditionally then commenced to firing off their cannons again. Evidently the rebel white Texans wanted an honorable surrender. The siege commenced and lasted quite some time.

After the rebel white Texans commenced to firing off their cannons, Anishinabe soldiers commenced to firing off their cannons at the Alamo which was concealing over 260 people. Somehow the whites in the Alamo were capable of sending couriers out to surrounding white communities asking for military support. It would prove useless. In those times to travel meant spending long periods on the trail (road) trying to get to a destination. Worse yet, was the few white settlements in that region. On March 3, 1836, new Anishinabe reinforcements arrived to the San Antonio region, bringing the total number of Anishinabe soldiers there to over 2,400. On March 4, 1836, a few white reinforcements forced their way into the Alamo but they would regret doing so. On the evening of March 4, 1836, a woman from in the Alamo, left to negotiate with Anishinabe commanders about a surrender but too much blood had already been spilt. The white rebel Texans had their opportunity to surrender earlier but chose to fight it out.

On the evening of March 5, 1836, Anishinabe soldiers were instructed by their commanders to halt their bombardment of the Alamo. The whites in the Alamo knew they had a short time left. After the bombarment ceased, a force of over 500 Anishinabe soldiers were ordered to completely surround the Alamo to prevent any possible escape. After the Alamo had been entirely surrounded, the battle for control of San Antonio commenced. Anishinabe soldiers who had no defensive works, dropped in droves as they attempted to storm the Alamo where the white soldiers were concealed. The first Anishinabe assault ended in a failure. They were unable to break into the Alamo. They agreed to again try another direct assault but that also failed. After realizing that large numbers of Anishinabe soldiers were favoring the north side of the Alamo, after a third direct assault was agreed upon, Anishinabe commanders sent even more of their soldiers there. They discovered that part of the Alamo was the weakest and acting on instinct they broke through the Alamo's walls.

After breaking through the Alamo's north walls, Anishinabe soldiers eventually broke through the Alamo's other walls. Many of the rebel Texans fled to the church where they had carved out holes earlier, to use their guns on the Anishinabe soldiers after they broke through. Some of the white soldiers attempted to make it to the San Antonio River and to the nearby prairie to the east. All was futile. By 6. 30 a.m., the battle was over but some of the Anishinabe soldiers were still fighting which only inflicted casualties on their own soldiers. Anishinabe casualties were especially high in this long battle for control of San Antonio. Anishinabe estimates put their casualties at 70 killed and 300 wounded, and white casualties at 600 killed. White historians estimate that 400 to 600 Anishinabe soldiers were killed and wounded in the long battle, while white casualties were from 182 to 258 killed. Keeping with Anishinabe customs, Anishinabe soldiers stacked the 100s of whites they killed in the battle into a huge pile then set them on fire. The war for control of not only San Antonio but Texas was not over.

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