My name is Antonio Lopez de SantaAnna, I am the president and leader of the Mexican army, I am proud to fightfor Mexican independence. On February 23rd 1836, me and my troops arrived inSan Antonio, we began preparations at the Alamo for battle.
Texan forcesretreated back into the Alamo. William Travis and his men had now assumed fullcommand at the Alamo. Travis was not the commander of the Texans until JimBowie died earlier from sickness.
We had many more men than the Texans but theyhad control over the Alamo, so I knew I was going to lose many men when Idecided to attack the Alamo and it was going to be a very bloody battle tofight in.Our first engagement in the Battleof Alamo officially occured on February 25th. I ordered my troops to take controlof the outbuildings on the southwest corner of the compound. The Texan armyknew my intentions and burned down the buildings. Texan troops retreated andword was they were going to come back with more reinforcements led by Fannin.
The next day the weather took a turn to the cold, temperatures were freezingand the men could hardly take it. Fanninhad returned to the Alamo but not with any reinforcement troops in sight. I ordered my troops to continuesiege preparations on February 27th, some of my troops were sent to nearbyranches in search of additional provisions. The next day my men began anextensive artillery attack on the Alamo. By now my troops had completely circled the Alamo after days of fightingand positioning, we were now ready to launch one last, large and extreme siegeto completely secure the Alamo and independence. There was a rumor going aroundthroughout my army that Fannin had a large reinforcement coming in, my troopswere worried about how many men were on the way because they were tired andready to get the battle completed.
Little did me and my men know there wascivilians still in the Alamo so I sent orders throughout my army to free anycivilians they run into contact with.On the first day of march about 30more Texans came to help defend the Alamo, my men were relieved that the Texanshad not brung a larger amount of reinforcements. On March 2nd the next day, theTexas government declared independence from Mexico, but we did not know this atthe time so everything was the same. Texans commander Travis was sent a letterthat they should hold off until help, that same day I received a reinforcementof 1000 more Mexican troops ready to fight. I ordered my troops to move theartillery in closer to the Alamo and continue fighting.
My troops were nowinformed that I was planning on sending one final attack to finish the job onthe Alamo. The Alamo fell on March 6th, the battle overall took about 90minutes to complete, the bodies of all the men who defended the Alamo wereburned by me and my men, everyone else was spared including a slave.On may 14th after most of thewarfare and intense fighting was over, I signed the Treaty of Velasco. It endedall hostilities and my Mexican troops withdrew south of the Rio Grande River.Independence had finally happened and it was well deserved for Mexico. The 13day battle of Alamo was very important in the decision of independence, it wasa bloody battle but well thought out, my troops did an outstanding job offollowing orders and capitalizing on key opportunities.
The Texans held outbetter than expected with the amount of troops they had secured in the Alamo,we outnumbered them greatly and the amount of troops we lost during the attacksmade us look weak, but they had a very secure setup around the Alamo and madeit very hard to penetrate.In conclusion this essay was in theperspective of General Santa Anna which lead the Spanish army in the 13 daybattle of The Alamo. I tried to be creative instead of just laying out factsabout the battle and being boring.
This battle was extremely important in theseparation of Texas and Mexico. The Alamo gave hope for the Texans in the warwith the famous saying “Remember the Alamo”.