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God bless the Republic of Texas!-President Rick Perry 2011
If we are to liberate ourselves from Santa Anna's tyranny than a stand must be made at the Alamo.-Colonel James Bowie to Colonel James Fannin. 1836
Five years ago I came to this country to fight for a free and independent Texas. Never have I regretted it.- Davie Crockett 1841.

At the beginning of the year of our Lord 1836 a new nation was emerging among the prairies of the Southwest, a land of opportunities and dreams come true, the land of Texas. The causes of the Texas Revolution while numerous revolve around the many disputes between Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna and the Anglo settlers of Mexican Texas. Between the Anglo-Texans and Mexicans there was no compromise available: from slavery, protestant vs. catholic, english vs. spanish, one side was eventually going to dominate the other. Though still peace remained until the reign of Santa Anna. Beggining in 1835, Santa Anna would call for complete centralization of Mexico; abolishing the 1824 constituion, enforcing anti-American immigration laws, and brutally suppressing the Zacatecas revolt. Tired of living under the rule of an oppresive tyrant the people of Texas rose up in a war of secession so that they may govern themselves and live in freedom and liberty.


A Map of the Republic of Texas, 1836

In January 1836 the war was looking well for the rebels. Several small scale battles had been won and the Mexican force under Martin Perfecto de Cos had been driven from Texas. Soon however, the Revolution would reach an epic climax, Santa Anna was on his way to Texas, coming with him a force of 6,000. The Texan leaders knew they had to make a stand and claim victory but where?

In mid-January Jamies Bowie was sent under orders of Sam Houston to the Alamo with 30 men to destroy and evacuate the mission. Under James C. Neill, a garrison of 100 had fortified the mission following the Siege of Bexar (San Antonio). When Bowie arrived Neill was able to convince him the importance of maintaining San Antonio against Mexico and how it was necessary to win the war. Bowie and Neill soon began preperations to make the Alamo into a fortified Citadel and requested reinforcements from all over Texas to defend San Antonio from Santa Anna's onslaught. The most important call for help that would ultimately decide the battle was Bowie's letter to James Fannin.

Up until that point an invasion was being planned by the Texan army to capture Matamoros, Tamaulipas. While as ill-conceived as the Quebec invasion in 1775, the goal was to capture a major Mexican city that would drive the fight away from Texas and pressure Mexico into independence. Unfortunately the plan met several logistical problems and 500 Texans that were supposed to take part in the invasion were stuck in Refugio. On February 8, after receiving word that the Mexican army had marched from Matamoros, Fannin received a letter from Bowie detailing the plight of the Alamo and the need for reinforcements. To this day it is unknown what the exact details of the letter were as a copy never survived, but whatever was inside convinced Bowie that decisive action had to be taken to defend San Antonio. Rallying the 500 men at Refugio, Fannin gave a rousing speech calling upon the men to defend their freedom in the immenent battle for the heart of Texas(at the time San Antonio was the capitol). On February 9, Fannin led all 500 Texans and an additional 9 cannons to reinforce the Alamo. They arrived on Febuary 15, just weeks away before the pivotal Battle of the Alamo.


Colonel James Fannin

POD: Alamo is successfully reinforced with troops that would have gone off on the expedition or go to Goliad. The Texans get a tremendous boost to defense and the battle becomes more equal.
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Howdy partner. Nice timeline. Watched!
(I am from Texas, if you couldn't tell. Everything is big in Texas.)

Greetings fellow Texan! By the end of the week you'll see our proud nation become independent from Mexican tyranny. Also as a little hint our borders will be another reason everything is big in Texas (Expect much ATL expansion).
PoD in 1836, and you have Rick Perry as leader? !?!?!
The butterfly extermination camps must be huge....

Hey if Harry Turtledove can start a POD in 1861 and still end up with Vice President Truman in 1945 then how am i different? Don't worry though we'll have ton's of OC's post 1900, also there probably won't be a Bush presidency either.
Hey if Harry Turtledove can start a POD in 1861 and still end up with Vice President Truman in 1945 then how am i different? Don't worry though we'll have ton's of OC's post 1900, also there probably won't be a Bush presidency either.
Because his Alternate History sucks. His writing is great, but he cheats.
PoD in 1836, and you have Rick Perry as leader? !?!?!
The butterfly extermination camps must be huge....

Hey if Harry Turtledove can start a POD in 1861 and still end up with Vice President Truman in 1945 then how am i different? Don't worry though we'll have ton's of OC's post 1900, also there probably won't be a Bush presidency either.

Because his Alternate History sucks. His writing is great, but he cheats.

To be fair, his name could be Rick Perry, but he could look like Ted Cruz.:p;)
Chapter 1 The stage is set
I will drive those Anglo bastardos from our lands if it's the last thing I do!- Presidente Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna 1833
Looks like we can win this after all.- Lieutenant Colonel William B. Travis upon seeing the Refugio reinforcements 1836
Heard you fellas could use some extra rifles.- Davie Crockett 1836

Chapter 1. The stage is set

When Santa Anna crushed the federalists forces at Zacatecas he expected to be welcomed back in Mexico City as a hero, making his mark in Mexican history on the same level as George Washington for the Americans. Upon learning of the Battle of Gonzales on October 23rd, 1835, Santa Anna saw this as his chance to rid Mexico of all American settlers and prevent future rebellions by example. Taking several loans from the Catholic Church, Santa Anna created the Mexican Army of Operations, a force of 6,000 soldiers to defend Mexico's claim of Tejas. He also issued the Tornel decree, a rather controversial document that decreed that all foreign volunteers were acting as pirates and shall be treated as such, under International laws of 1836 this meant that American volunteers would be executed instead of taken as prisoners; this decree however would come to haunt the Mexican government's image in the coming war. Had the Mexicans acted quickly then San Antonio could've been reached before reinforcements to the Alamo arrived and the rebellion crushed. Unfortunately for Mexico, numerous problems arose for it's fledgling army. At 1835 there were only 2500 professional Mexican soldiers in the army, this meant the remaining 3500 had to be trained quickly during the journey. In addition supplies were low and Mexico's poor economy meant that many civilian servants would come to quit the campaign due to delayed pay. Additionally the Mexican army had many soldaderas (women and children of the soldiers) coming along the campaign, reducing the already limited supplies. In order to make up for low amounts, Santa Anna ordered all homes in the path of the army to be ransacked and burned to the ground in the name of the state. These actions would push many Tejanos and neutral Texans into the Independence camp. Upon arriving in Satillo, Coahuila; Santa Anna would split his army into three: Urrea and 1500 men would travel to Goliad (Santa Anna still beilieved the fort was occupied by Fannin), Filisola and 2000 would advance west on the Camino Real, and Santa Anna along with 2000 would march straight to San Antonio de Bexar. Santa Anna's reasoning for this was to avenge the defeat of General Cos in December, who was in fact his brother-in-law, bringing great shame to el presidente and his family name. Little did Santa Anna know that he was sowing the seeds of Mexico's defeat.

Presidente Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, self-proclaimed "Napoleon of the West".

On the Texan side preparations were being made for the grand stand of the Alamo. While Houston thought defending the mission was a folly he sent William Travis along with 30 men of the regular army to help give the Texans a fighting chance, if not to convince them to abandon the mission, arriving on February 3rd. In addition, famous frontiersman Davie Crockett would reinforce the Alamo on Febuary 8th along with 65 other riflemen from the border states, all of whom were fighting for freedom and the promise of a new land. The biggest help to the Alamo came in the form of James Fannin and his 500 soldiers who came on February 15th. With the size of the garrison nearly tripled, along with 9 canons and additional amounts of food and gunpowder, plans were being made to withstand the upcoming onslaught of Santa Anna. Command of the Alamo was divided between James Neill of the garrison forces, James Bowie and the southern volunteers, along with James Fannin and the men of the former Matamortos expedition. These three men would be known as the "James Triumvirate," and would muster all forces to create numerous earthworks, cannon positions, and catwalks to serve as riflemen positions. The volunteers were extensively trained and the forces were divided into three shifts for security and manning the walls. By the time the Mexican army arrived on February 23rd, the Texan forces would number 732 from further volunteers. Each man was ready to die for their new country, a resolve that would be tested in the coming weeks.


Men of the Texan army as portrayed in The Alamo (1961)
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I'm perfectly fine with you having an OTL governor as president, but we have had way better governors than Rick

I'll see what i can do. I find it hilarious how most of the replies in the comments are flipping out about President Perry but NO ONE mentions Crockett surviving. By the way Autocrat, how can i get my thread linked in the comments like how you have yours on "The Unpragmatic War".
I'll see what i can do. I find it hilarious how most of the replies in the comments are flipping out about President Perry but NO ONE mentions Crockett surviving. By the way Autocrat, how can i get my thread linked in the comments like how you have yours on "The Unpragmatic War".


Click on your name in the top right, that should bring up Personal Details
Select Signature (second option in Settings Grouping)
You now get a text box similar to reply textbox, In the textbox just type what you want to say like, "Lone Star Republic, the Triumph of the Alamo" or whatever. Highlight that and select link, then paste the URL of your TL.
Chapter 2 The siege of the Alamo
Chapter 2. The siege of the Alamo

Victory or Death!- Lieutenant Colonel William B. Travis

On February 21st a small group of 5 cavalrymen, acting reconnaissance under orders of Travis, spotted Santa Anna's army 15 miles from San Antonio. Rushing back the group of men warned the Alamo defenders that Santa Anna had near 2000 troops marching towards the Alamo. Quickly, troops were mustered and defensive positions prepared for the possibility of a long siege. All civilians within San Antonio were either given the option to stay in the town, flee east, or take refuge into the Alamo. While most tejanos sought to take their chances with Santa Anna's army the remaining Americans and other Texan settlers sought security within the Alamo. When Santa Anna arrived at San Antonio he made his policy of treating the enemy clear. He ordered his men to hoist a blood red flag atop the tallest building in San Antonio, a sign of no quarter where all of the defenders would be executed rather than taken prisoner. Infuriated by the dictator's actions, Travis ordered a single canon to be shot towards the enemy, a sign of defiance similar to the revolutionaries of Gonzales. Though the James triumvirate wasn't pleased with Travis's response they did acknowledge the prospects of failure if they lost the battle. On the 22nd Colonel Neill accompanied by Captain Albert Martin met with enemy officers under a flag of parley to seek out the Mexicans intentions and the possibility of a honorable surrender. Neill was shocked to learn that only unconditional surrender would be accepted and that were the battle to commence then all Mexican forces would obey the presidente's commands and leave no man alive. When Neill came back to the Alamo he gave Travis permission to fire another shot. The battle would commence.

For the next 10 days from the 23rd the Alamo would be under constant siege from Mexican forces. The first two days would be relatively quiet as Mexican forces set up artillery positions and slowly advanced towards the mission. On the Texans side orders were given from Neill to trade canonfire at one for every ten shots in order to conserve ammunition, for approaching Mexican scouts and soldiers orders were given to only fire if they were within 500 feet of the Alamo. On the 25th Mexican around 250 Mexicans took over abandoned shacks near the San Antonio river in order to have a forward base of operations near the Alamo. The next morning a small Texan force of 50 men under Bowie and Crockett ventured out to burn the huts and drive the Mexicans back over the river. A small skirmish commenced and in the aftermath 11 Mexicans were killed with 16 wounded, only one Texan was injured. For the next hour the Texans would come to burn all the huts before reinforcements arrived then head back to the Alamo. During the siege several couriers were sent out to warn the rest of Texas of their plight and encourage sending reinforcements. The most famous letter of correspondence would be Travis's "To the People of Texas & All Americans in the world", this document detailed the plight of the Alamo and how the brave defenders were ready to make their stand in the name of freedom, Travis noted that he had not lost a single man and that more reinforcements for the Mexicans were likely to arrive soon, his most famous quote from the letter is his line "Victory or Death!" a phrase that showed the commitment of the Texans to their cause. Today the letter is interred within the Texan Archives and is on display at the Texan congressional building in Austin. During the siege a group of reinforcements met in Gonzales in a desire to help out the Alamo. 100 men would set out from the town of Gonzales to reinforce Alamo, increasing the number of Texans to 832. The remaining 300 Texans would remain in Gonzales to skirmish with approaching Mexican forces and wait for word of the outcome of the battle. These men would rendezvous with Houston on the 11th after hearing word of the battle's aftermath, forming the core of Houston's army.


Two authentic pages of Travis's To the People of Texas & All Americans in the World

One main reason that historians contribute to the Texans victory at the Alamo is the incompetency of Santa Anna in command. Despite having two separate armies which he could use to reinforce Bexar, Santa Anna forbid any reinforcements from advancing onto San Antonio. The dictator was convinced that the forces at the Alamo were a distraction from a true threat that lie further east and so had Urrea and Filisola continue on their campaigns. Another strategic blunder was Santa Anna's impatience with the siege. While the Alamo was well manned it did not have enough ammunition or food supplies to continue indefinitely. Indeed most historians agree that had the siege continued til April or May the Alamo would've surrendered under exhaustion. But this type of victory was not what Santa Anna wanted, he wanted a glorious victory that would be remembered for generations in all of the western hemisphere. So against the better judgement of his chief officers, Santa Anna ordered an assault to be prepped for the night of March 5th.

According to eyewitnesses a meeting was called of all of the Alamo's defenders on the evening of the 5th. In it Neill outlined their dire situation and explained that under any moment an attack would come and their was a good possibility that they would not survive. To further stress their situation, Travis drew a line in the ground with his calvary sword and called for all defenders to cross if they were willing to die for the Texan cause, all those who did not were allowed to flee under the cover of night. Unanimously all defenders chose to cross the line. Later that night the battle that would determine the fate of Texas would truly begin.


Col. Travis drawing his famous "line in the sand"

A/N: Next update will start to see the timeline diverge immensely once the assault starts.
Chapter 3 It begins
Chapter 3. It Begins

The Mexicans are coming! The Mexicans are coming!- Unknown Texans soldier 1836
Today is a good day to die!- Colonel James Bowie 1836
Retreat? In our moment of triumph? I think you overestimate their chances.- Presidente Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna 1836

Midnight on March 6th is when the true battle of the Alamo commenced. On Santa Anna's order 1275 men advanced towards the Alamo's walls, 2/3rds would advance upon the northern wall while 1/3rd would make their way upon the eastern wall. These two positions were the most vulnerable among the Alamo and had the least amount of artillery. However, multiple issues prevented the night assault from succeeding. Due to the multiple men garrisoned within the Alamo, each soldier could take a shift upon the walls instead of having to maintain positions all day. Due to this a significant increase of men were stationed among the walls at all times, meanwhile they would be combat ready all throughout the siege. An additional problem with the Mexican plan was the reliance of the advanced gaurd to eliminate sentries before notice. When arriving at rifle range the front line troops were immediately met by multiple sentries who fired upon sight, meanwhile alerting the rest of the Alamo of the incoming assault. Within minutes the defenders went to positions and artillery fire commanded by Fannin met the approaching Mexican columns dead at night. At least 50 Mexicans died before reaching the walls. To the credit of the Mexican army their advance continued unfaltered, soon reaching the perimeter of the Alamo and preparing to enter over ladders, while the Mexican artillery provided covering fire. Unfortunately for them establishing a breach point proved to be the most difficult task of the battle. Due to many recruits experiencing battle for the first time, most panicked under enemy fire and attacked blindly, often shooting fellow recruits and officers. These conditions were made worse by the onslaught of rifle and shotgun fire at close range by the Texans. The first wave was a complete failure, resulting in multiple bodies and a few haphazard ladders. The second wave met a similar outcome though a few Mexicans were able to reach the top of the walls, only to be pushed back in close quarters combat. The third wave however met some success with a breach. Colonels Cos and Morales, who commanded the northwest and east forces, decided to regroup and join Colonel Duque in a direct attack on the north, they were joined by 100 troops from Santa Anna's reserve unit. Here many Mexican forces were able to find various weak points throughout the wall and emerge through. Soon many Mexicans were able to emerge over the walls and engage in hand to hand combat. It was here were the Texans held supreme due to the rough fighting styles of many of the American volunteers. All around the heroes of the Alamo could be seen in enormous feats of combat; Bowie would slay many Mexicans singlehandidly with his infamous knife, Crockett often resorted to using his own rifle as a club due to low times to reload, while Travis took his time eliminating the enemy in close quarters with his deadly shotgun. When reinforcements arrived from the other portions of the walls, the Texans were able to push the Mexican army back over the walls, where they headed due north in a massive retreat.


"Fight for Freedom" by Robert Jenkins

Not wanting to retreat from the rebels and be seen as a coward and a failure, Santa Anna decided to personally charge against the north wall with his remaining 400 reserves and ordered 300 of his remaining cavalry to dismount and join the final rush against the enemy. Regrouping with the various survivors almost 1000 Mexicans rushed onto the North wall at once. The Texans were overwhelmed by this massive force and were forced to abandon positions. Artillery from the south fired upon the approaching Mexican troops while most men on the ground rushed to make a last stand at the chapel. At first, all seemed lost and that the Texans efforts were for naught. However the outcome of the entire revolution would change when Davy Crockett noticed Santa Anna standing front and center of the approaching infantry in his bright flashy, uniform. Taking his time to reload his rifle, Crockett aimed dead center at the most hated man in all of Texas. He breathed, then fired.