Welcome to second half of the virtual tour of the Texas state capitol building complex. In case you missed it, you may want to check out the inside of the capitol building first by clicking on this link.
|The battle of the Alamo was fought on the sixth of March, 1836 between 189 Texan defenders and roughly 4000 Mexican troops under General Santa Anna. All but three of the Texans were killed, and it is estimated that some 1600 Mexicans lost their lives. The battle of the Alamo symbolizes at once that old forgotten devotion to liberty at any cost, and the idealistic determination of those martyred men to die for freedom's cause. The men who were slaughtered there knew nothing of the independence declaration that had been signed. They still flew a distortion of the Mexican flag with the number 1824 in the center, which referred to the republican constitution that the Mexican dictator cast aside in order to impose his evil rule.|
|Many of the monuments on the grounds of the Texas capitol building are in honor of those who fought and died in the 1861 war between the Confederate Staes and the United States. This war resulted in the end of slavery, a practice that ended peacefully in other countries. Texas won the final battle of the war in May of 1865, a full month after General Lee's surrender. In March of 1870, the United States Congress readmitted Texas into the United States. Reconstruction, however, continued for another four years.|
The little plaque reads "DIED, for States Rights guaranteed under the constitution...".
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