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    Happy birthday, Teresa Wright!


    Someone feeling wronged is like someone feeling thirsty. Don’t tell them they aren’t. Sit with them and have a drink. - Lemony Snicket

    by Floja Roja on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 08:26:52 PM PST

    •  March 6 is my late mom's birthday. (4+ / 0-)

      Thanks to Walt Disney's TV series featuring legends of Davy Crockett in the 50's, everybody in the neighborhood knew too ('cause her kids told 'em.)

      Later on, I read about the siege of the Alamo:

      Bowie was a slave-trader and racketeer -- partner of Jean Lafitte on Galveston Island. He was ill and bed-ridden on the day of Santa Anna's final attack, but everything else about him concerning this event is speculative.
      Travis disobeyed direct orders to retreat from indefensible positions like the old "Cottonwood" mission in San Antonio, and nearby Goliad.
      Crockett was stationed in the roofless church at the west, behind a perimeter built from fencing, wagons, and other junk. His riflemen DID keep the besiegers out of range, but they were just awaiting their cannons. Although a few messages and meager supplies got though, the defenders were simply trapped.

      Santa Anna's artillery finally caught up with his slow infantry and too-fast cavalry -- the battle at the fortified mission lasted about 90 minutes, and the issue was never in doubt.
      The attackers lost a lot of infantrymen, packed inside the church, when the Texans fired a small cannon from the top of its walls into them. There were also serious casualties around the long barrack (which still stands), and while approaching long-range rifle fire at the west, but the vast bulk of Santa Anna's army was already victorious.

      Davy Crockett's descendents disavow the story, but one of Santa Anna's officers wrote a letter to his family claiming that six riflemen came out of hiding later in the day, asking for mercy. They were executed almost immediately, and said officer wrote that one of them was Crockett. It is possibly true, but Crockett's devotees take refuge in the fact that this letter constitutes only a single source.

      Disney left the TV audience with an image of Fess Parker swinging Old Betsy like a baseball bat, surrounded by soldiers in fancy dress uniforms, which was an unusual kind of thing in 50's entertainment.

      President Santa Anna ordered the slaughter of the Goliad force, after their surrender, as a warning to the rebels of Texas. Legend says he originated the phrase "Remember the Alamo" for the same purpose too. How those actions were supposed to induce co-operation of any kind baffles me.

      Houston's long retreat is controversial, even today, but he counter-attacked when Santa Anna was literally napping at San Jacinto about six weeks later, and captured the president sometime after the battle.
      I don't doubt at all that swarming Texans said "Remember the Alamo" and "Remember Goliad" as they killed over 500 men, more than making "the score" even -- but their fallen comrades were still dead.

      Millions of us – the majority – must come together to insist that President Obama and the Democrats stand up and fight for the things we sent them there to do ... Michael Moore

      by MT Spaces on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 11:16:51 AM PST

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