Handsome cabinet Card of the Alamo with a man standing in the doorway, c. 1890, 4 ½ x 7, taken by M.E. Jacobson, identified on front and verso. Affixed to a slightly larger mount and bearing a printed history of the Texas missions on the verso. “Picturesque, San Antonio, published by M.E. Jacobson, No. 2 East Houston Street, San Antonio, Texas. In small part, “Alamo, built 1718. Used for religious purposes, and served as a fort and protection against Indians until 1835, when it was used as headquarters of Gen. Cos. Commanding the Mexican army at the time the city was captured by the Americans under Ben Milam and Crockett, when it was the scene of the most heroic and deadly contest known in modern history. The advance guard of Santa Anna’s army arrived on the 22nd of February, 1836. The next day, Santa Anna displayed the red flag from the tower of the Cathedral of San Fernando, and sent a summons to the Texans to surrender. He was answered by a cannon shot. The siege of the Alamo then began, and continued until Sunday morning, March 6, 1836, when the Mexican troops surrounded the Alamo, and after half an hour’s hard fighting, during which the Texans twice repelled their foes (who were driven back by their own cavalry with drawn sabres), succeeded in carrying the place by storm, where all the surviving defenders were put to death, stripped of their clothing, dragged to the spot where St. Joseph’s Church now stands, piled in with fence rails, covered with brush and burned...”
Light toning, soiling. Light wear at corners. Else excellent and a spectacular example of Alamo and Texas history.
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