Exploring the Alamo Legends

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1992 - History - 266 pages
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Did the famous Davy Crockett surrender at the Alamo or die fighting like a tiger according to Texas tradition?
Did Sam Houston lie when he said he ordered James Bowie to blow up the Alamo? You be the judge.
What happened to James C. Neill, the real commander of the Alamo?
After years of researching all available Alamo records, including primary letters and accounts by participants, government documents from the period, newspaper articles, diary entries, and even receipts, Wallace O. Chariton has answered these and many more of the perplexing Alamo questions. No punches are pulled in this hard hitting investigation. Some of the answers presented may excite your patriotic yearnings: other more controversial answers may ignite your historical anger. In either event, some new light has been cast onto a few of the shadows of the Alamo legends.
 

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Contents

Sam Houston and the Alamo Conspiracy
1
The Crown Jewel of Texas Legends
19
Davys Last Fight
37
Other Obituaries
65
The Travis Account Book Mystery
81
What Happened to Lt Col James C Neill?
95
The Missing Alamo Letter That Toppled a Government
107
The Alamo Mystery Letter
117
The Alamo Number Game
165
The Thorny Problem of Mr Rose
175
Travis and the Grand Canyon Line
195
Oh Susanna
207
Alamo Misconceptions
219
Endnotes
243
Sources
259
Index
263

Fannins Follies
131
Military Malpractice
147
About the Author
267
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