William Barret Travis’ Letter from the Alamo, February 24, 1836

The Travis Letter

Commandancy of the The Alamo

Bejar, Feby. 24th. 1836

To the People of Texas & All Americans in the World—

Fellow Citizens & compatriots—

  I am besieged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna — I have
sustained a continual Bombardment & cannonade for 24 hours & have not
lost a man — The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the
garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken — I have answered the
demand with a cannon shot, & our flag still waves proudly from the walls —
I shall never surrender or retreat.  Then, I call on you in the name of
Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come
to our aid, with all dispatch — The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily
& will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days.  If
this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible
& die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor &
that of his country — Victory or Death

                                                                                         William Barrett Travis.

                                                                                         Lt.  Col. comdt.

P. S.  The Lord is on our side — When the enemy appeared in sight we had not three bushels of corn — We have since found in deserted houses 80 or 90 bushels and got into the walls 20 or 30 head of Beeves.


The Travis “Victory or Death” Letter

Located in the Texas State Library and Archives, Austin, Texas

First Page

Second Page

Note:  The world famous “Victory or Death” letter written by William
Barrett Travis will be available for public viewing at the Alamo between
February 23 and March 7, 2013.


Governor Rick Perry: Week in Review 2.22.2013

February 16, 2013

Rick Perry: Texas Would ‘Love’ to Have San Diego Chargers

February 17, 2013

Governor Perry: Ad was to highlight Texas Way, not to tarnish Golden State

February 18, 2013

Governor Perry Asks Flags to be Lowered to Half Staff For Fallen Bryan Firefighters

February 19, 2013

Left’s Howls Against Rick Perry’s Texas Prove Its Low-Tax Model Is A Success

[Appointment] Gov. Perry Appoints Supak and Schmidt to Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers

[Appointment] Gov. Perry Appoints Three to Texas Funeral Service Commission

[Appointment] Gov. Perry Reappoints Ward to Soil and Water Conservation Board

[Appointment] Gov. Perry Reppoints Matson to Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners

[Appointment] Gov. Perry Reappoints Three to Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors

Rick Perry to address resurgent Hays County GOP on Feb. 28

Febraury 20, 2013

[Appointment] Gov. Perry Reappoints Wilson as Inspector General of Texas Health and Human Services Commission

[Appointment] Gov. Perry Appoints Neider and Smith to Texas Board of Orthotics and Prosthetics

[Appointment] Gov. Perry Reappoints Kiper to Executive Committee of the Office for the Prevention of Developmental Disabilities

[Appointment] Gov. Perry Reappoints James to Upper Neches River Municipal Water Authority Board of Directors

Rick Perry wants Colorado gun magazine maker to move to Texas

February 21, 2013

[Press Release] National Instruments to Expand Research and Development in Austin, Creating 1,000 Jobs

[Proclamation] Gov. Perry Again Renews Proclamation Extending Drought Emergency

[Appointment] Gov. Perry Appoints Three to University of Texas System Board of Regents

February 22, 2013

Rick Perry Invites Gun Manufacturers to Set Up Shop in Texas

Gov. Rick Perry Reiterates Opposition To Medicaid Expansion

TPPF supports Gov. Rick Perry’s stand against Medicaid expansion in Texas

Governor Rick Perry: Week In Review 2.15.2013

February 11, 2013

Viewpoint: Why don’t we recruit businesses from Texas, Governor?

Statement by Gov. Perry on Former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle

Rick Perry Tries to Lure Calif. Businesses

February 12, 2013

Will Governor Rick Perry’s southern charm lure California business?

February 13, 2013

Rick Perry to California: I’ll be back

February 14, 2013

Austin seeing interest from California companies ‘double or triple,’ chamber says

UT System pushing 4-year tuition option

Gov. Perry Appoints Three to Texas Tech University System Board of Regents

Gov. Perry Appoints Three to Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents

Gov. Perry Appoints Cabaniss as Judge of 248th Judicial District Court

February 15, 2013

Gov. Perry Appoints Four to Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board

[Press Release] Gov. Perry Announces Tenaris to Create 600 Jobs in Matagorda County

[Speech] Gov. Perry Announces Tenaris to Create 600 Jobs in Matagorda County

Tenaris to spend up to $1.5B to build Matagorda steel plant

Gov. Perry Reappoints Alcantar to Texas Workforce Commission

Gov. Perry Appoints Bacarisse and Villa to Texas Department of Information Resources

Gov. Perry Appoints Graham to State Preservation Board

Gov. Perry Appoints Three to Texas State University System Board of Regents

Former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle

By now most of us who stay informed, know about the horrible tragedy involving Chris Kyle, so I won’t go into the details on that.

I would like to express my deepest condolences to his wife Taya, his children, and his family. You have my prayers.

Chris was a great American Warrior and Hero. America has suffered a great loss.

I would like to encourage everyone to buy Chris Kyle’s book “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History”.

Here is a petition, Name a US Naval Vessel in Honor of US Navy Seal Chris Kyle. USS Chris Kyle, if anyone wants to sign it.

I also want to direct people to this site SUPPORTING THE FAMILIES OF CHRIS KYLE AND CHAD LITTLEFIELD.  Please, do what you can to help support the families of both men. And keep them in your prayers.

I’ll leave you with this video of Chris Kyle’s funeral procession.


First of all, I’d like to welcome you all to my blog and thank you for taking the time to visit.

My name is Abigail, I’m also known as The Texas Phoenix, hence the blog name. Which I must admit is not a very creative name, but I had a few reasons for choosing it. 1) I’ve noticed that people seem to remember the name “The Texas Phoenix”. 2) I didn’t really feel like thinking of a better name, and 3) I AM “The Texas Phoenix”, it’s my blog and I’m full of myself. Alright, that last bit was a joke, well, sort of.

Those of you who know me from Twitter or Facebook, know that most of what I post is about Governor Rick Perry of Texas, and for those who don’t know me, well, now you know. So be prepared to see plenty about him, here.

Here on my blog I will be posting my opinions on topics which are widely discussed and topics that I feel are not discussed nearly enough. Every Friday I will do a “Governor Rick Perry: Week in Review” post, which will contain links to news articles that had anything to do with Governor Perry on that week.

I do NOT use profanity, to be honest I abhor it. So please do not use it in your comments. And since I’m on the topic of things not to do here, when referring to President Obama please don’t use those pathetic names that people use for him. Such as Ovomit, Obummer, and a host of others, which are so vulgar I will not repeat them. Please refer to him as President Obama, and if you feel that he is not your president, then simply refer to him as Obama.

I can think of nothing else to say in this first post. Only that I hope you enjoy my blog and that you will visit again.