Famed Travis letter arrives at Alamo

Lt. Col. William B. Travis' 'Victory or Death' letter on display Feb. 23-March 7

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The famous "Victory or Death" letter by Lt. Col. William Barret Travis, a hero of the Texas Revolution, will be on display at the Alamo starting Saturday.

During Santa Anna's siege of the Alamo, Travis -- after whom Travis County is named -- wrote a letter addressed "To the People of Texas and All Americans in the World."

The letter did much to motivate the Texan army and helped to rally support in America for the cause of Texan independence, said Larry Laine, with the Texas General Land Office

"This is the driver for everything that happens at the Alamo," Laine said.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission voted 6-1 last year to send the letter to the Alamo for a two-week display.

It will be the letter's first time back at the Alamo since 1836 and will be housed in a custom-made, climate-controlled and bullet-proof case.

The Travis letter is set to go on display from Feb. 23 to March 7.

More information, including a webcam, will be available at TravisLetter.com.

Exhibit info:

  • Exhibit in Alamo Shrine
  • Shrine Hours: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., 7 days a week
  • No reservations accepted, expect long lines
  • Security check will include electronic wanding, bag search
  • No still or video cameras allowed
  • No weapons *CHL holders may carry with permit

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