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An Altar for Their Sons: The Alamo and the Texas Revolution in Contemporary Newspaper Accounts

Zaboly, Gary S.

Verlag: State House Press, 2011
ISBN 10: 193333746X / ISBN 13: 9781933337463
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Verlag: State House Press

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  An Altar For Their Sons: The Alamo and the Texas Revolution in Contemporary Newspaper Accounts is a collection of rare documentary materials, the great majority of them not seen or referenced since their dates of original publication. 
     This book has been designed to serve several audiences, among them the scholar, serious student, casual buff, and general reader, all of whom will find much that is "new" here in terms of the history of the Alamo siege and battle, of the Texas Revolution in general, and of the lives of the people involved, not to mention the events that both preceded and followed that conflict. 
         Aside from the book's primary focus, the battle of the Alamo, this collection includes on-the-spot accounts of most of the other engagements, skirmishes and massacres, descriptions of the forts, towns, and geography, and information concerning the armies, weapons and clothing involved. There are also word sketches of the appearances of such important figures as David Crockett, James Bowie, and Santa Anna that have apparently eluded modern biographers. Included, too, are many anecdotes of their lives, both in and out of Texas, and descriptions of pieces of their personal property handed down in the postwar years. Newspaper accounts from later decades present interviews with survivors, or their obituaries, and descriptions of the Alamo itself as it evolved from a weed-choked ruin into an iconic shrine.
     The book contains several dozen original illustrations by the author, each one explained in-depth with a footnoted, essay-long "caption". There is also a newly created pictorial representation of the entire Alamo compound as it looked in February and March 1836, accompanied by a lengthy analysis of the fortifications based on a re-examination of the old evidence and a dissection of newly found information. 
   Included photographs of selected Alamo- and Texas Revolution-related relics from the extraordinary collection of singer Phil Collins.  

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This book is uniquein that it is the first volume to gather together a large number of contemporary newspaper accounts relating both to the Alamo and to the impact of the Alamo on the rest of the Texas Revolution. Many of these accounts have never been reprinted since they were first published a century and a half ago. Some of them, from very scarce and obscure newspapers, have never been referenced by scholars working in the field.

Beyond the usual bulletins and summaries of events, there are other, more numerous newspaper  extracts of rare historical import included here: letters from the war front and elsewhere in the Southwest and Mexico, official documents, republished broadsides and decrees, field reports, diary excerpts, interviews with battle survivors (such as the extraordinarily detail-rich account of the slave Joe in the Frankfort Commonwealth of May 25, 1836), passages from books and magazines of the period, and subsequent memoirs by participants in the war. There is also a section devoted to the Alamo-inspired poetry of the day.

 Decorating the book are several dozen original illustrations by the author, each one accompanied by a lengthy, footnoted caption. Singer Phil Collins has contributed photographs of some of the rare objects from his extraordinary personal collection of Alamo- and Texas Revolution- related relics, a foretaste of what will appear in his own upcoming book devoted exclusively to his collection.    


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