William B. Travis

The Alamo
7:05 am
Mon February 25, 2013

'Victory or Death' Letter Back In San Antonio For 13-Day Exhibit

The fourth-generation great-nephew of Col. William B. Travis, Sheriff William Barret Travis of Denton County in North Texas.
Baron Wiley

The William B. Travis “Victory or Death” letter from the Battle of the Alamo is back in San Antonio. The letter will be on exhibit at the Alamo for 13 days -- the same length of time the fortress was under siege -- and then will be returned to the state archives.

Under the watchful eyes of dozens of police officers, state troopers carried the letter into the Alamo before an audience of hundreds.

The fourth-generation great-nephew of Col. William B. Travis read a transcript of his uncle’s letter as it was carried past the crowd and into the Alamo shrine.

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The Alamo
4:31 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Travis' 'Victory or Death' Letter Returns To The Alamo On Friday

The famous 'Victory or Death' letter written by Travis before the final battle of the Alamo only made it as far as Gonzalez.
Texas State Library and Archives Commission

The famous Victory or Death Letter written by William B. Travis during the fall of the Alamo will be returned to the shrine here in San Antonio on Friday.

Travis wrote the letter on Feb. 24, 1836 as a plea for help when the Alamo’s defenders were surrounded by several thousand Mexican troops; it's now been 177 years.

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