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This Day in Texas History: Alamo Survivor Dies

This Day in Texas History: Alamo Survivor Dies October 7, 1883 On this day in 1883, Susanna Wilkerson Dickinson, survivor of the Alamo, died in Austin. The Tennessee native married Almaron Dickinson in 1829 and moved to Gonzales, Texas, in 1831. Susanna’s only child, Angelina Elizabeth Dickinson, was born in 1834. Her husband went off…
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This Day in Texas History: Texas Force Decimated After Black Bean Lottery

This Day in Texas History: Texas Force Decimated After Black Bean Lottery March 25, 1843 On this day in 1843, seventeen Texans were executed at Salado, Tamaulipas, Mexico. As the members of the defeated Mier expedition were being marched from Mier to Mexico City, they attempted a mass escape on February 11. Some 176 were…
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This Day in Texas History: Day Thirteen of the Siege of the Alamo

This Day in Texas History: Day Thirteen of the Siege of the Alamo Sunday March 6, 1836 At Midnight on March 5, 1836, Santa Anna’s troops began moving into position for their planned attack of the Alamo compound. For several hours, the soldiers lay on the ground in complete darkness. About 5:30 A.M., they received…
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This Day in Texas History: Day Twelve of the Siege of the Alamo

This Day in Texas History: Day Twelve of the Siege of the Alamo Saturday March 5, 1836 Santa Anna issues orders for the assault to begin on the following day utilizing four assault columns and one reserve column. Santa Anna calls for reconnaissance to determine Mexican attack positions and approaches. A messenger arrives at the…
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This Day in Texas History: Day Eleven of the Siege of the Alamo

This Day in Texas History: Day Eleven of the Siege of the Alamo Friday March 4, 1836 Santa Anna gathers his officers for a council of war. It is decided that when the final assault takes place, that they will take no prisoners. The time for the assault will be determined tomorrow. Having been consolidated…
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This Day in Texas History: Day Ten of the Siege of the Alamo

This Day in Texas History: Day Ten of the Siege of the Alamo Thursday March 3, 1836   James Butler Bonham arrives with news of reinforcements. He reports that sixty men from Gonzales are due and that an additional 600 would soon be en route. The Texians fire several shots into the city in celebration.…
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This Day in Texas History: Day Five of the Siege of the Alamo

This Day in Texas History: Day Five of the Siege of the Alamo Saturday February 27, 1836 The fifth day of the siege was again cold with temperatures ranging in the 30s. Having exhausted their own supplies, the Mexicans pillaged Bexar of foodstuffs and perishables. When they in turn depleted these, they sent troops to…
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This Day in Texas History: Day 3 of the Siege of the Alamo

This Day in Texas History: Day 3 of the Siege of the Alamo Thursday February 25, 1836 The morning of February 25, 1836 dawned with summer-like temperatures opening one of the most eventful days of the siege. The Mexicans launched an attack with approximately 400 – 450 soldiers personally led by General Castrillon. The Matamoros…
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This Day in Texas History (redux)

This Day in Texas History (redux): <but wait… There’s More!> February 02, … 1947: Actress and model, Farrah Fawcett is born in Corpus Christi.                       1856: The Texas legislature grants Dallas a town charter. Dr. Samuel Pryor, elected the first mayor, headed a town government…
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