William B. Travis 'Victory Or Death' Letter Now on Display at the Alamo

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

The Alamo is one of those sites every Texan needs to see for themselves, but now might be the best time ever to go check it out.

On Friday, the historic site welcomed back a part of its history it hadn't seen in 177 years.

"It's very neat and something I'm very proud of," said Will Travis.

Travis is the sheriff in Denton Country but he also happens to be kin to one William Barrett Travis. The Lieutenant Colonel in the Texas Army wrote the famous letter proclaiming Victory or Death at the Alamo and now that letter is back at the site it was written at back in 1836.

"It's well overdue. It should have come here in the first place. It's the most historic letter that's been written in the state of Texas," said Travis.

Travis read his great uncle's letter as Texas A&M Ross Volunteers provided an arch of sabers at it entered the Alamo. North Zulch resident Jerry McMahon guarded the door as the letter made its way in to the mission.

"It's a big honor and we're proud to be here," said McMahon.

"I never thought the day would come but here it is," said Rudy Cortez.

Cortez is a Bryan resident who also participated in the ceremony as a living historian. To see this moment in history meant a lot to these native Texans.

"These were young guys that sacrificed everything and they gave their lives up just so we could become a republic and then a state."

"It wasn't just a fight between Anglos against Mexicans. It was fight for independence and freedom for the Texans that were occupying that state at the time."

Now the letter sits in a protective case that controls temperature and humidity. It will be displayed for 13 days, the length of the siege on the Alamo.

The letter will be on display at the Alamo through March 7th and entry to the exhibit is free. We've got a link with this story that has more information about the letter and a live stream of the letter as it sits in the Alamo.


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