ON THIS DAY IN UNITED STATES HISTORY
February 23, 1836
The Battle of the Alamo Begins with the Siege
of the Alamo Mission in San Antonio, Texas
On this day in 1836, the Battle of the Alamo began in San Antonio, Texas. The Battle of the Alamo was an attempt
by Mexican President Antonion Lopez de Santa Anna to gain control of the area after an army of Texian settlers and
others from the United States drove the Mexican troupes out of Mexican Texas.
The actual attack on the mission began on March 6. The first two attempts by the Mexican troops were repelled but
finally on the third attempt, they succeeded in scaling the walls. Of the 400 to 600 defenders, only two survived.
In April of that year, Santa Anna was captured by the Texians and forced to withdraw from Texas which then became
the Republic of Texas.