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Students reflect on famous Travis letter

'Victory or Death' letter arrives at Alamo for first time since 1836


SAN ANTONIO - For the first time since the famous "Victory or Death" letter written by Lt. Col. William Barret Travis left the Alamo with a courier on horseback in 1836, the letter is returning home.


In anticipation of its arrival, during their usual Texas history lessons, Ms. Parker's seventh-grade students at Bonham Academy paid particular attention to the letter and the man who wrote it.

"The language he chose (and) the words he used (were interesting)," said student Isabel Marcus. “I mean, it was very direct. It was very, 'We need help.Please give it to us, and if you don’t, we are going to try anyway.'"

In the letter addressed "To the People of Texas and All Americans in the World," Travis was looking for help to defend the Alamo as the siege from Santa Anna began.

"It made me think on a different scale what he was saying," said student Harvey Bailey.

The students also learned a little about the character of the then-26-year-old Travis from his letter.

"I thought it was kind of tragic that he lived such a young life,” said student Tatyana Brown. "That he wasn't old enough to have the years of wisdom, but he was also old enough to know that it was important."

Their teacher was no doubt impressed with her students' knowledge and insight.

“Their passion inspires me and it makes me want to continue teaching,” Parker said.

Now, teachers and students are excited to see the original letter in person.

"I would love to see the letter just so I can say I got to see history," Brown said.

"It will be so exciting to see it back in the Alamo after such a long time and I am looking forward to seeing it in its home," Parker said.


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