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William Barrett Travis

This song is by Tex Ritter and appears on the album Sweet Land of Liberty (1967).

spoken:
Comondancy of the Alamo San Antonio February 24/1836
To the people of Texas and all Americans in the world
Fellow citizens and compatriots
I am besieged with a thousand or more of the mexicans under Santa Anna
I have sustained a continual bombardment and cannon aide for twenty-four hours
And have not lost a man
The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion
Otherwise the garrison are to be put to the sword if the fort is taken
I have answered the demand with a cannon shot
And our flag still waves proudly from the walls
I shall never surrender or retreat
Then I call on you in the name of liberty of patriotism
And of everything dear to the American character

To come to our aide with all dispatch
The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily
And will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days
If this call is neglected
I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible
And die like a soldier who never forgets what is due his own honor
And that of his country victory or death
William Barrett Travis Lieutenant Colonel Commandant

P.S.
The Lord is on our side
When the enemy appeared in sight we had not three bushels of corn
We have since found in deserted houses eighty or ninety bushels
And got into the walls twenty or thirty head of beefs

Travis

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