March 5 in San Antonio history…
Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción de Acuña is founded.
Popular legend has it that on March 5, Col. William Barret Travis, Commander of the Alamo forces, drew a line in the dirt with his saber and asked those men who were committed to defending the Alamo to the death to cross. Mexican soldier José Enrique de la Peña’s diary tells a different story: that Travis was considering an honorable surrender. In either case, it is evident that Travis and his men did not surrender the fort, and indeed fought to the end. Travis was among the first men to die when, on the morning of March 6, he was shot from his post atop the Alamo wall.
San Antonio police will wear new uniforms of dark blue instead of light gray. The blue cloth is less noticeable at night and does not show soiling so quickly.