Contest: Thirteen Day Count Down to the Battle at the Alamo

Foothills of the Alamo book cover        

Dear Follower,

For something historical and commemorative, I will be gifting two copies of my book, Footfalls to the Alamo, along with a set of four specially made drink coasters in a drawing. I will pull 2 names out of a hat of those who answer the most questions correctly and thoroughly relating to events leading up to and including the Battle of the Alamo.

You may consult web pages to find your answers, but please put at least a part of your answer in your own words as much as possible!

Save your answers for the next thirteen days and send them all to me at once at shawn@shawnlatorre.com by Friday, March 8th.  You may cut and paste the questions if you wish, but it’s not necessary. Simply numbering your answers will be sufficient.

I will check answers, and draw the 2 lucky peoples’ names by the weekend of March 9th and 10th, 2024 and post notice here.

Today marks the start of the contest:

Today is Friday, February 23rd, 2024.

One hundred and eighty eight years ago, on Tuesday, February 23rd, 1836, a Mexican General arrived in San Antonio. He doesn’t know it, but in two days, the temperatures will dip to record lows, something he and his men will not be prepared for. Let’s think about some things that led up to this moment.

Question #1: Prior to the Mexican general’s arrival, an incident took place in Gonzales in October of 1835 that is often considered the spark that ignited the Texas Revolution. It signaled a clear division between settlers and the Mexican government. What happened, who was involved, and what was the outcome?

Question #2: Perhaps emboldened by the incident in Gonzales in October 1835, a follow up movement of settlers and residents resulted in a two month long situation in San Antonio. What happened, who was involved, and what what the outcome this encounter of December 1835?

Question #3: Undoubtedly infuriated over the incident in San Antonio ending in December 1835 (question above), two months later, a Mexican general marched into San Antonio with a clear purpose in mind. Who was the general, who accompanied him, and what was their purpose?

Question #4: What was the Alamo in San Antonio originally built for and by whom?

Question #5:  Flashing back to 1813, a horrific incident occurred on August 18th. This incident is said to have been another spark in the Mexican War for Independence. This time it was Mexico seeking independence from which country? 

This incident is important because it is said to have been the one where Spanish general José Joaquín de Arredondo defeated the Republican Army of the North. The Spanish general Arredondo taught his soldiers the tactic of executing ALL opponents. Who learned this tactic and went on to use it mercilessly at the Battle of the Alamo?

Question #6. Name three serious diseases taking hold in San Antonio in the early 1800’s. Which one is said to have killed James Bowie? His family?

Question #7: Which defender of the Alamo was a former Congressman who lost an election in his home state and decided to head to Texas? He is rumored to have said, “You may all go to hell, and I will go to Texas!”

Question #8: Lt. Colonel James Clinton Neill, first in command of the Alamo, received a message on Feb. 11th, 1836 that compelled him to leave San Antonio and the Alamo. What was the message?

Question #9: Name three important tasks that the women inside the Alamo would have been involved in during the thirteen days leading up to the battle of March 6, 1836.

Question #10: Why was James Bowie moved down to a smaller room from the upstairs hospital room where he had been staying with other sick combatants?

Question #11: Describe the weather of early March 1836. (You will have to search for this online!)

Question #12: Describe the phase of the moon of March 6, 1836. What difference may this have made?

Question #13: OPINION question for this solemn commemorative day: Some say the people inside the Alamo during the thirteen days of siege were heroes; others say they were cornered and not smart for allowing themselves to get into such a situation.  What are your thoughts about the Battle of the Alamo of 1836 and the people who fought to defend the territory?

 

SEND YOUR ANSWERS IN AN EMAIL FROM THIS SITE!  PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE A LINK– I WILL NOT OPEN ANY LINKS TO FIND ANSWERS.  PLACE ALL ANSWERS IN AN EMAIL AND I WILL TAKE THE NAMES OF ALL WHO ANSWERED THE MOST CORRECTLY AND PULL TWO TO CONTACT FOR A FREE COPY OF THE BOOK AND A SET OF FOUR DRINK COASTERS!

GOOD LUCK! 

 

 

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