Chronology of the Alamo, 175 Years Ago



December 4, 1835 –

Colonel Benjamin R. Milam rallies Texians for an assault on Cos’ garrison in San Antonio de Béxar

December 5-10, 1835 – Battle of Béxar rages as Texians fight their way into town – Cos surrenders his army, which is then paroled

December 21, 1835 – Colonel James C. Neill receives orders to take command at San Antonio de Béxar – garrison consists of about 100 men

January 19, 1836 – Colonel James Bowie arrives to investigate the military situation for governor Henry Smith and General Sam Houston

February 2, 1836 – Bowie and Neill vow “. . . we will rather die in these ditches than give it up to the enemy.” Lieutenant Colonel William B. Travis arrives with 30 men

February 8, 1836 – Former Congressman David Crockett arrives in San Antonio de Béxar with 12 volunteers

February 14, 1836 – Travis and Bowie agree to share command at San Antonio de Béxar after Colonel Neill received a temporary leave of absence

February 23, 1836 – Antonio López de Santa Anna and the Centralist forces arrive and the Siege of the Alamo begins

March 6, 1836 – The Alamo falls in a predawn assault

March-May 1836 – The Alamo reoccupied by Centralist forces

May-June1836 – Centralist forces are ordered out of Texas following Santa Anna’s capture at the Battle of San Jacinto – the Alamo’s fortifications are destroyed by the Centralist garrison