Remember the Alamo" Commerative Bowie Knife by Case
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Sold Date: 05/21/2008
Channel: Online Auction
Remember the Alamo********** Purchased at $600.... This is a great buy! This Bowie knife comes in a prestigious locking wood case from a private collector, single owner. The case has a false felt floor/storage compartment below the knife display holder. This storage compartment is layered in brown felt. The knife overall is 14" with an 9 1/2 inch SHARP blade. The detail on this knife is remarkable. Detail includes engraved picture off The Alamo, Map outline of state of Texas and The manufactures name and seal. (Seal is engraved with their logo and numbered 1553). Pictures do not give it justice. Price is at 10% of the original price! This is a steal! Don't pass it up! Display box includes detail information on Jim Bowie, Colonel Travis, The Alamo Story, Davie Crockett and Sam Houston. History: Originally named MisiÃ³n San Antonio de Valero, the Alamo served as home to missionaries and their Indian converts for nearly seventy years. Construction began on the present site in 1724. In 1793, Spanish officials secularized San Antonio's five missions and distributed their lands to the remaining Indian residents. These men and women continued to farm the fields, once the mission's but now their own, and participated in the growing community of San Antonio.In the early 1800s, the Spanish military stationed a cavalry unit at the former mission. The soldiers referred to the old mission as the Alamo (the Spanish word for "cottonwood") in honor of their hometown Alamo de Parras, Coahuila. The post's commander established the first recorded hospital in Texas in the Long Barrack. The Alamo was home to both Revolutionaries and Royalists during Mexico's ten-year struggle for independence. The military âe" Spanish, Rebel, and then Mexican âe" continued to occupy the Alamo until the Texas Revolution.San Antonio and the Alamo played a critical role in the Texas Revolution. In December 1835, Ben Milam led Texian and Tejano volunteers against Mexican troops quartered in the city. After five days of house-to-house fighting, they forced General MarÃn Perfecto de CÃ³s and his soldiers to surrender. The victorious volunteers then occupied the Alamo âe" already fortified prior to the battle by CÃ³s' men âe" and strengthened its defenses.On February 23, 1836, the arrival of General Antonio LÃ³pez de Santa Anna's army outside San Antonio nearly caught them by surprise. Undaunted, the Texians and Tejanos prepared to defend the Alamo together. The defenders held out for 13 days against Santa Anna's army. William B. Travis, the commander of the Alamo sent forth couriers carrying pleas for help to communities in Texas. On the eighth day of the siege, a band of 32 volunteers from Gonzales arrived, bringing the number of defenders to nearly two hundred. Legend holds that with the possibility of additional help fading, Colonel Travis drew a line on the ground and asked any man willing to stay and fight to step over âe" all except one did. As the defenders saw it, the Alamo was the key to the defense of Texas, and they were ready to give their lives rather than surrender their position to General Santa Anna. Among the Alamo's garrison were Jim Bowie, renowned knife fighter, and David Crockett, famed frontiersman and former congressman from Tennessee.The final assault came before daybreak on the morning of March 6, 1836, as columns of Mexican soldiers emerged from the predawn darkness and headed for the Alamo's walls. Cannon and small arms fire from inside the Alamo beat back several attacks. Regrouping, the Mexicans scaled the walls and rushed into the compound. Once inside, they turned a captured cannon on the Long Barrack and church, blasting open the barricaded doors. The desperate struggle continued until the defenders were overwhelmed. By sunrise, the battle had ended and Santa Anna entered the Alamo compound to survey the scene of his victory.While the facts surrounding the siege of the Alamo continue to be deb...
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