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Letter on display through month of March

By Frank Heinz
|  Thursday, Mar 15, 2012  |  Updated 11:46 AM CDT
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Travis Alamo Letter on Display in Austin

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Detail of William B. Travis' 1836 letter from the Alamo

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Remember the Alamo? How about Col. William B. Travis? 

A letter penned by the Texas icon while at the Alamo is on display in Austin at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission as part of the March 2 celebration of the 176th anniversary of Texas Independence Day.

The letter was sent by Travis from the Alamo and signed, "Victory or Death, William Barret Travis."

Travis sent multiple letters from the Alamo asking for reinforcements as about 200 Texians held off approximately 1,500 soldiers led by Mexican President General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna during a 13-day siege of the mission. Travis and the majority of the Texan soldiers were ultimately killed when the Mexican army overran the mission walls.

The letter, as well as several other important historical documents, can be viewed in the lobby between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building across Brazos Street from the State Capitol. 

The Travis letter will be on display through March.

"We are thrilled to showcase these precious Texas artifacts. Texans share a proud history, and as custodians of Texas history, the commission has a responsibility to safely make it available so citizens can appreciate and learn from it," says TSLAC director and librarian Peggy D. Rudd. "We are also excited to display the history of Texas droughts through August 31."

For information or tour appointments call 512-463-5514.

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