by John Hoppy Hopkins on Sunday, March 6, 2011 at 11:18pm ·

175 years ago today, the defenders of the Alamo lost their battle with the Mexican forces that outnumbered them more than 10:1. The had inflicted countless casualties upon their attackers. Holding out for 13 days, they finally succumbed to the overwhelming forces lead by Antonio de Padua María Severino López de Santa Anna y Pérez de Lebrón (aka Santa Anna) Santa Anna was brutal as usual, ordering the execution of all prisoners and many of the strewn bodies were decapitated to insure they were dead. This was done to the chagrin of many of his senior officers who opposed the brutality. He later executed more than 350 Texian prisoners at the Goliad massacre. But soon Texas would have it’s redemption when Santa Anna’s forces were decisively defeated on 21 April of the same year by General Sam Houston’s forces at the Battle of San Jacinto. Santa Anna was captured the following day while trying to disguise himself in a private’s uniform. When other prisoners saluted him, he was ‘outed’ and immediately brought to Houston who spared his life in return for Texas. He, nor his soldiers were treated with the brutality they had shown towards the Texians. At the Alamo, nearly a third of the fallen, were born in England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. Nearly all of the American states/territories were represented there, as well as Blacks, and Mexicans loyal to Texas. God Bless the Brave Souls of the Alamo!