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Thread #68626   Message #2104712
Posted By: GUEST,Texican
16-Jul-07 - 08:28 PM
Thread Name: The Alamo--Needless Martyrs
Subject: RE: The Alamo--Needless Martyrs
The Mexicans played the deguello before the final assault. No prisoners were taken.

"DEGÜELLO. The degüello, music played by the Mexican army bands on the morning of March 6, 1836, was the signal for Antonio López de Santa Anna's attack on the Alamo. The word degüello signifies the act of beheading or throat-cutting and in Spanish history became associated with the battle music, which, in different versions, meant complete destruction of the enemy without mercy." Handbook of Texas.

The hotel across from the Alamo is the Menger. Lots of sites online that talk about the Menger's history. Interesting place.

"John Warne Gates demonstrated barbed wire for Washburn and Moen in Military Plaza (Alamo Plaza), San Antonio, Texas in 1876. The demonstration showing cattle restrained by the new kind of fencing was followed immediately by invitations to the Menger Hotel to place orders." Wikipedia

Ron Paul is holding a rally at Alamo Plaza next weekend, I think.