William Barret Travis’ “Victory or Death” letter was addressed to “the people of Texas and all Americans.” He wrote in hopes of bringing reinforcements to the doomed Alamo in 1836.
Now his letter is back in San Antonio and on display at the battle site, today through March 7.
Here’s a portion of the press release distributed this week by Alamo representatives:
Col. William Travis’ plea for help at the Alamo may have been too late for him, but his “Victory or Death” letter’s historic return has marshaled broad support for the Alamo.
“It is not surprising, but still fulfilling to see everyone fall in like this to celebrate the historic importance of not only the Travis letter, but the Alamo,” said Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson.
“Bringing this letter to the people, where it was written, is bound to inspire a new generation for liberty.”
Travis’ famous “Victory or Death” letter is set to return to the Alamo today. The letter will be on public display for two weeks — from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CST) — in a custom-made, climate-controlled and bullet-proof case.
Admission is free.
“I wish to thank Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, the Texas General Land Office Archives and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas for their efforts to bring this remarkable man’s words back to the Alamo for the first time in the ensuing 177 years,” Gov. Perry said in a recent greetings published by his office.
State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte sponsored a resolution in honor of the letter’s return and state Rep. Mike Villareal’s House Resolution passed.
“The Victory or Death letter is an invaluable reminder of the cost of freedom, and it is truly fitting that it be returned to its place of origin so that all people can better appreciate its impact on the foundations of Texas freedom” the House and Senate resolutions proclaimed.
Patterson said he hopes the success of the letter’s public display will help inspire the Legislature to invest an additional $1.6 million to better preserve and protect the Alamo.