Battle of the Alamo: an Acrostic Poem
By Varada Salimath
Bayonets are cutting, guns are firing, and cannons are blasting as the Mexican and Texan armies fight one another.
Alamo defenders (189 in all) have all agreed to battle General Santa Anna’s army of 1,800.
The Texans know that they are hopelessly outnumbered, and defeat seems inevitable, but they will still fight.
Travis, the commander at the Alamo, has already written a letter to a general asking for more troops to help defend the fort, but no reinforcements have arrived.
Later, the Mexican general Santa Anna, (who has surrounded the Alamo with his troops, beginning a siege), decides to wait before attacking the Alamo to observe the fort for strategic purposes.
Eventually, Santa Anna decides he has observed enough, and it is time to start the fight.
Offering the Texans a chance to surrender, Santa Anna sends his messenger to the Alamo demanding that they give up.
Fearlessly, the Texans fire a cannon- a defiant response that means that they will never surrender.
Texans and Mexicans clash as Mexicans begin climbing the walls and attacking.
Hundreds of Santa Anna’s men are overpowering as they surge forward into the fort, ending Texan lives and shedding Texan blood as they advance.
Even the well-known defenders like William Barret Travis fall as the enemy comes closer amidst the firing cannons.
Alone on his sickbed in the fort, famous James Bowie, who was supposed to lead the Alamo men before he fell ill, is cornered by 5 Mexican soldiers and shot, but not before putting up a heroic fight he was unprepared for from the bed.
Last wishes for independence are heard as the Texans die fighting.
Amidst the raging battle, Susanna Dickinson, wife of Alamo defender Almeron Dickinson, stays close to her infant daughter in the safety of the Alamo chapel.
Maybe she is starting to realize that when the battle is finally over, she, her daughter, and William Travis’s black slave will be the only survivors, to be dispatched by Santa Anna to warn the other Texans that the Mexican Army is coming.
On March 6th, 1836, 189 men, who will always be remembered, died defending their liberty.