When did John Travis write his last letter?

When did John Travis write his last letter?

Some wrongly assume Travis' last letter, sent on February 24, was his last; in reality, he wrote at least four more, one of which was sent to the delegates in Washington. It was supposed to come on March 3, but it didn't arrive until March 6th, which was too late. After a 13-day siege, Mexican forces overran the former mission before daybreak that day. They captured and executed Travis and all his crew members except for Allen who was taken prisoner.

In addition to the aforementioned letters, Travis wrote two other documents: a report on the conditions in Texas and an account of the events leading up to the war. The first was addressed to President Jackson and the second to Congress.

Travis began writing his last letter on January 11, just three days after arriving in Houston. He told those back home that although he was not afraid for himself, many people were worried about their brother agents in San Antonio.

He also wanted someone to know what had happened to the men who had been arrested before him. Although none of them had been convicted, Travis felt they deserved fair trials. He concluded his letter by telling his family that he hoped to see them soon and said goodbye.

Three weeks later, on February 24, 1836, Mexican forces under Governor Velasco captured Travis along with all the other American hostages in San Antonio. They were taken to Mexico where they were held captive for nearly two years before being released in exchange for Spanish prisoners.

Why did Travis write his famous letter?

Travis penned the letter on February 24, 1836, when the Alamo's defenders were encircled by thousands of Mexican forces; it has already been 177 years. According to Mark Loeffler of the Texas General Land Office, the letter barely made it to one town before the war started owing to slow transit and distance. Therefore, it can be assumed that it was written in a state of great emotion and urgency.

In the letter, which was published in newspapers across America, Travis urged citizens to support the revolution against Mexico. He also asked for more soldiers and supplies to be sent to the Alamo. Finally, he closed with these words: "I remain your faithful servant, David Crockett."

The letter was very effective in raising awareness about the situation at the Alamo and in promoting Crockett's career as a politician. The story of the "little guy from Tennessee" who fought off a horde of Mexicans with only a knife and a pistol has inspired many artists and writers over the years.

Crockett died on March 2, 1839, at the age of 36. He is considered the first national hero of the State of Texas.

Whom did William Travis send a letter to on the second day of the siege?

Travis asked another Gonzales Ranger, Captain Albert Martin, to deliver his most famous letter, written from the Alamo on February 24, 1836. Martin passed the letter to Lancelot Smither, and both men wrote postscripts to it, providing estimations of Mexican military size. The main body of Travis's letter began: "Dear friends: We are in great distress here with no supplies except what we get once a month to live on. We have only about twenty-five barrels of flour left and not over one hundred rounds of ammunition."

Travis went on to ask for help from President Andrew Jackson, who had recently died. He also requested supplies from Congress and the public. Finally, he concluded by saying that if the Mexicans didn't leave soon, they would be forced to surrender.

The Alamo was located in Texas at the time. It is now a state museum in San Antonio.

Travis sent his letter by courier because there were no postal services available outside of San Antonio. The nearest post office was in Houston, more than 200 miles away. Traveling by horseback or mule was too expensive and slow for letters, so they were usually delivered within twenty-four hours. A courier service called "The Greys" operated between the Alamo and Houston twice a week, transporting food and ammunition supplies for the fort.

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