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  • Writer's pictureMichael T. Berger, MBA

Inside410 Historical Marker Love - Cannon From the Battle of the Alamo

These markers surround us because we live in a community steeped in history and culture. We are sometimes so inundated with what we have in front of us that we end up not taking a minute to enjoy the past that has so enriched our lives and gives our city such a unique and wonderful spirit.

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Inscription. Click to hear the inscription. Characteristics of this light cast-iron cannon are similar to French patterns produced for the commercial market during the late 18th century. It likely came to Texas through trade, capture, or purchase. It was found in 1852 by workman digging in a garden near Samuel Maverick's house, once located on the northwest corner of Houston and Alamo streets.

Caliber: iron 3 pounder

Weight: 436 lbs. Length: 54"

Diameter of Bore: 3"

Donor: The Maverick Family in honor of their relative, Warren Eugene Boynton

The Battle of the Alamo, a pivotal event in Texas history, took place from February 23 to March 6, 1836, during the Texas Revolution. The Alamo was a former Franciscan mission in modern-day San Antonio, Texas, serving as a strategic outpost during the Texian resistance against Mexican rule. A small group of Texian defenders, including iconic figures like James Bowie, William B. Travis, and Davy Crockett, valiantly held the fort against the overwhelming forces of General Antonio López de Santa Anna and his Mexican army. Despite their unwavering courage and determination, the Texian defenders were eventually overpowered, and the Alamo fell after a fierce and heroic stand. Though the battle was a defeat for the Texians, it fueled the desire for Texas independence and became a symbol of bravery and sacrifice in the fight for liberty. The rallying cry "Remember the Alamo!" echoed throughout Texas, inspiring future victories and ultimately leading to Texas' independence from Mexico.

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