March 5 in San Antonio history…

Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción de Acuña is founded.

Santa Anna issues orders for the assault to begin on the following day utilizing four assault columns and one reserve column. A messenger arrives at the Alamo compound with the grim news that reinforcements aren’t coming. Travis gathers his men and informs them of their options. Popular legend has it that this was the moment when 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.

Gutzon Borglum, internationally-known sculptor who lived in San Antonio from 1923 to 1938, died today in a hospital in Chicago.  Borglum, who gained prominence for his work on Stone Mountain in Georgia, worked 15 years in his studio in Brackenridge Park.  When he left, he gave the studio to the Witte Museum and it is now used by the San Antonio Art League.  (Borglum’s obituary in the San Antonio Express makes no mention of his work on Mount Rushmore.)


Posted on March 5, 2016, in Texana and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Did Travis draw his famous line twice. SAPL has Travis drawing the line on March 3 and again on March 5.

    • Actually, it’s hard to determine. Most historians now believe he never drew it at all! Sorry for the confusion.

  2. It’s not about “drawing the line” but, rather, about the address to the defenders and that, at least according to Moses Rose, did take place – likely after the messenger arrived on the 5th with the news there would be no reinforcements. News such as brought from the messenger would have been impossible to keep from the troops, and if Travis didn’t tell the troops once the news leaked out the troops would have confronted Travis. However the discussion took place historians don’t dispute that the news delivered by the messenger on March 5 was discussed at The Alamo between the troops and Travis.

    I look forward, daily, to reading about our City’s history on the SAPL website.

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