[152], On the afternoon of April 21 the Texian army attacked Santa Anna's camp near Lynchburg Ferry. [106] As each door was blown off Mexican soldiers would fire a volley of muskets into the dark room, then charge in for hand-to-hand combat. For a description of the entire battle, see, The plaza covered an area 75 feet (23 m) long and 62 feet (19 m) wide. Eyewitnesses to the battle gave conflicting accounts of his death. The men agreed, and William exchanged places with his father. [50], Bowie had been ill,[51] and at some point during the day he collapsed and was confined to his bed. [130] Historians disagree on which version of Crockett's death is accurate. The cold front reached Goliad that evening, and the poorly-dressed soldiers were "quickly chilled and miserable" in the driving rain. About 100 Texians were then garrisoned at the Alamo. Between five and seven Texians may have surrendered; if so, they were quickly executed. [26] Colonel James C. Neill, the acting Alamo commander, wrote to the provisional government: "If there has ever been a dollar here I have no knowledge of it". We have 150 men and are determined to defend the Alamo to the last. Unable to reload, they used their rifles as clubs and fought with knives. [130] The orders instructed all men to wear shoes or sandals and to properly tie their shako chin-straps. [55][68] Almonte and 800 dragoons were stationed along the road to Goliad. Shortly thereafter, they received word that Fannin had departed Goliad for the Alamo. [139], At midnight, Mexican soldiers began silently moving towards their places to await the start of battle. Wounded, he crawled towards the powder magazine but was killed by a musket ball with his torch only inches from the powder. As legend has it, I drew a line in the sand asking for men who would give their lives for freedom. [42] Jameson carried a letter addressed to "The Commander of the invading forces below Bejar" and signed "Commander of the volunteers of Bejar". [93][97] Despite the bitter cold, the soldiers were ordered not to wear overcoats which could impede their movements. [56] On the evening of February 26 Colonel Juan Bringas engaged several Texians who were burning more huts. The Low Barracks was 114 feet (35 m) long, and the Long Barracks was 186 feet (57 m) long and 18 feet (5.5 m) wide. The battle also featured in episode 13 of The Time Tunnel, "The Alamo", first aired in 1966, and episode 5 of season one of the TV series Timeless, aired 2016. [101] Most of the noncombatants gathered in the church sacristy for safety. [30], At this point there were approximately 156 effective Texian soldiers in the Alamo, with another 14 in the hospital. [124] Another Texian, Brigido Guerrero, also sought refuge in the sacristy. [165][Note 20] Another film also called The Alamo was released in 2004. 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