Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Battle of the Alamo....

I did not know the story of the Alamo before reading Susanna of the Alamo by John Jakes.  This excellent picture book is the true story of Susanna Dickinson, who survived the Battle of the Alamo.   The Battle of the Alamo was a turning point in the Texas Revolution. Following a 13-day siege, Mexican troops under President Santa Anna launched an assault on the Alamo Mission killing all of the Texian defenders. Santa Anna's cruelty during the battle inspired many Texians—both Texas settlers and adventurers from the United States—to join the Texian Army.  Mrs. Dickinson was called to meet President Santa Anna who sent her to spread word of the Texian defeat to the Texas colonists.  Her story inspired and strengthened Sam Houston in his fight for freedom.   The Texians, led by Houston, defeated the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto, on April 21, 1836, ending the revolution.   

Portrait of an unsmiling, middle-aged woman in a voluminous dress. Her hair is piled on the back of her head, with ringlets near her ears. She holds a fan in her hands.
Susanna Dickinson

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