|General Twiggs' Surrender to the Texas Militia
San Antonio, TX
February 10, 2007
Your Correspondent was once again invited by his friend, Mike Dawes, to fall in with his regiment, the 9th Texas Infantry, for their annual re-enactment of General Twiggs' Surrender of the Alamo to the Texas Militia. This Easterner discovered that on February 16, 1861, a few weeks after Texas's vote for secession, the Texas Militia surrounded the Federal garrisson at the Alamo, demanding their surrender including all Federal property. General David Twiggs, seeing he was greatly outnumbered, issued the order to relinquish control of the Alamo and in return the Federals were granted safe passage for the coast and transport back to the North. Had General Twiggs resisted and shots fired... the Alamo, and not Fort Sumter, would be remembered today as the start of the Civil War. The day's demonstrations took place in the morning and afternoon and were organized by the 6th Texas Infantry. This certainly was a history lesson for someone not well versed in the war's western theatre.
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