A couple of questions that I haven't seen covered in this thread:
Back in his acoustic folk days, Donovan did a song with the line something like "Hey, look, Santa Ana, they're killing your soldiers below so the rest of Texas will know and remember the Alamo." I checked in the digitrad and didn't see that in any of the Alamo-related songs. Anyone know what I'm talking about...or has my memory totally failed me this time?
Secondly, has there ever been a definitive decision on the legends: Crockett and maybe others didn't die in battle at the Alamo but were executed by direction of Santa Ana himself, and
one of the Mexican officers took the famous Bowie knife as a war trophy and that it still exists somewhere in Mexico but is kept a secret because they fear the US will ask for it back? (If we could get a hold of the original knife perhaps a bit of metallurgical analysis could resolve another legend that purports the knife to have been forged from a metallic meteorite with unknown alloy contents which made it even more unique. (I'm in Mississippi, which is where Resin Bowie lived and died and where Jim spent a lot of time, especially Natchez. The famous location of the sandbar knife duel that gave the knife its mystique is just across the Miss. River from Natchez.)
Anybody care to take on any of this?