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Thread #103340   Message #2104272
Posted By: Little Hawk
16-Jul-07 - 12:20 PM
Thread Name: Remember the Alamo?
Subject: RE: Remember the Alamo?
According to what I've read, there was the one man who slipped away and got through the Mexican lines, just as you say. That's because Travis had advised that anyone who wished to try for it could freely go...and that guy did. But there was most likely still no literal line drawn in the dramatic moment when the men crossed the line and stood together.

The "line in the sand" appeals to people's sense of drama, so it's a story that has stuck. It makes a great movie scene. They even have Jim Bowie carried across the line on his cot in some movies.

In real life things usually happen in a quieter way than that. I think what probably happened was that Travis gave his speech, so that the men would know what the real situation help coming...virtually no chance of survival for those who stayed...rather slim chances of being able to slip away before the attack. He stated his own determination to fight to the end. He left his men the option to stay and fight beside him or to attempt to escape individually if they chose. One of them chose to try for it. The rest stayed and died there.

It would not have been an easy decision, either way. Given the way men feel about their buddies they've been fighting beside for 12 days under fire, though, it's not surprising to me that most of them elected to hunker down behind the walls and face what came.