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Battle of the Alamo


"You have the same look Cassandra had in Troy, or Jim Bowie at the Alamo—as if you’re under siege."
Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  1836 battle of the Texas Revolution for independence from Mexico in which Santa Anna captured The Alamo (a fortified mission in San Antonio); about 200 Texans were killed including Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie; Texans went on to win the war with the battle cry "Remember the Alamo"
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While the facts surrounding the siege of the Alamo continue to be debated, there is no doubt about what the battle has come to symbolize. People worldwide continue to remember the Alamo as a heroic struggle against impossible odds — a place where men made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. For this reason, the Alamo remains hallowed ground and the Shrine of Texas Liberty.

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  • "You have the same look Cassandra had in Troy, or Jim Bowie at the Alamo—as if you’re under siege."
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Remember The Alamo!
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • "Welcome back to the Alamo," she hollered when I opened her door.
    Jack Gantos  --  Hole in My Life
  • "Well, Call, I guess they forgot us, like they forgot the Alamo," Augustus said.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove

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  • After all the lights were shut out, I would cover up my head, click on a flashlight, and read as long as the batteries lasted from You Were There books about the Alamo, the Creek Indian Wars, the Battle of New Orleans.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • Again—the glorious defense to the death of the Alamo against the hordes of Santa Anna is a fact.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • The Texas force, reduced to 187 men, retreated to an old Spanish mission in San Antonio called the Alamo.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • The G-man gets his wish and sees Kennedy in the flesh, before spinning back around and walking into the Alamo Grill for lunch.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • I treaded my way through the narrow halls of the building, which had been dubbed the Alamo, trying not to knock into anything.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • The San Antonio Light reported that if a German-Mexican army invaded Texas, just like the Alamo, Texans would fight to the death.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game

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  • He’d see it in terms of the captain deserting the sinking ship ahead of the women and children, giving up the Alamo, every stereotype you can think of.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • We drove down to see the Alamo—"Davy Crockett and James Bowie got what was coming to them," Mom said, "for stealing this land from the Mexicans"—and over to Beaumont, where the oil rigs bobbed like giant birds.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • What do you expect from a place where children are taught about the Alamo before the alphabet.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • The local headlines rekindled Cesar’s childhood demons: WACO LITTLE LEAGUE BRACES FOR THE ALAMO!
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • The real truth of the event was never told, but victors always write history and this was the way it was when you grew up in the shadow of the Alamo.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • The idea of reconquest was deftly satirized by Jim Lehrer in the 1966 novel Viva Max, made into a film with Peter Ustinov, which imagined a bored Mexican general marching troops to San Antonio and retaking the Alamo.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • In San Antonio, Cesar had been one of the few Hispanics in his class, so in the playground he was always forced to be the Mexican soldier when his classmates played a game called Remember the Alamo.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • The old man sees the Zingers thing as a replay of the Alamo — we’re the good guys standing on the battlements, standing by to repel the boarders.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Battle of the Alamo [6] , Texas Revolution [9]
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