Remember the Alamo? That thirteen day siege when President General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna launched an assault with his Mexican troops on the Alamo Mission in modern-day San Antonio, Texas, killing all of the Texian defenders.
Even with the arrival of reinforcements led by James Bowie and William B. Travis, the Texian force grew only slightly reaching perhaps 100 Troops against approximately 1, 500 Mexicans. Travis wrote many letters, all pleading for more men and supplies to arrive.
On March 6, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo.The attack came after the daily bombardment by artillery, perhaps as psychological war fare; either way, the Mexican army attacked while the Texains were sleeping. It was too much for the Texians to fend off. Mexican troops scaled walls, forcing Texian soldiers into interior buildings. Failure to make it inside meant being slain by Mexcian calvary. Some, perhaps six, defenders surrendered only to be quickly executed. The ones who made it inside fell back to the barracks.
Among the deceased, Davy Crockett. Already an American folk hero for his own lifetime of larger-than-life adventrues, Crockett died that morning of March 6, 1836. He as 49. That morning, he said a prayer in the chapel. In the battle, as the Mexian troops came over the wall, Crockett and his troops were too far to take shelter. They were the last remaining group in the open at the Alamo Mission. They continued to defend the low wall in front of the church. They fought with their knives and made clubs from their rifles, when the fight was too furious to reload. Within 90 minutes the Battle of the Alamo was over. General Santa Anna the victor.
Perhaps, in that chapel at the Alamo Mission that morning, Davy Crockett knew the end was imminent. Larger than life to those who knew his name, in that quiet moment, Crockett, on his knees may have given a Texas Last Will and Testament, giving him bravery and leaving a legacy that made him one of the most well-known Folk Heroes of all time.