This was the flag that floated in 1836 over the historic mission fortress, the Alamo, at San Antonio, when Texas was fighting for her independence.
For twelve days the garrison of 178 Americans held out under the heavy bombardment of a force of 4,000 Mexicans.
On the 6th of March, the garrison was so weakened that the Mexicans were able to make assaults. Twice beaten back, the invaders were successful at last only through sheer weight of numbers. They gained an entrance to find but five of the brave defenders alive. These Santa Anna ordered bayoneted in cold blood.
The war cry, “Remember the Alamo,” echoed over many a battlefield, leading the Texans to ultimate victory. The date indicated the adherence to the constitution of 1824, and for this reason, the numbers were used in place of the eagle, serpent, and cactus of the Mexican national flag.