Alamo

Armed Texans Defend Alamo from Potential Rioters

Armed Texans placed themselves at the Alamo Cenotaph Saturday afternoon in advance of George Floyd protests in San Antonio, Texas. Protesters defaced the monument early Friday with downward-facing arrows placed next to the statements “white supremacy,” “profit over People” and “the ALAMO,” according to an article by the San Antonio Express-News. Texans consider the Cenotaph sacred because it is a memorial to those who died fighting at the Alamo. “Well, it’s all pretty simple. If you’re mad that George Floyd got murdered, well good. So am I,” David Ahmad with Open Carry Texas said in a video posted on Facebook. “If you want to respond to that by burning Target, or a drug store, or looting a liquor store, or destroying the Alamo, you can kiss both sides of my ass. We’re going to put a stop to you.” He was very clear that some of those there would use “any means necessary” to put a stop to it. “So, just do it right. Protest the man’s death because it should be protested. Things need to change. This bullshit’s got to stop.” He warned protestors not to use Floyd’s death to “tear up the Alamo or tear up a restaurant,” or use it as an excuse to burn or steal. “This Is Texas Freedom Force,” warned that “the Brown Berets and Black Lives Matter” would be rallying at a park close to the Alamo. The nonprofit organization describes its mission as “Protectors Of All Things Texas.” The group posted on Facebook: “Given the incident that took place Thursday night (Cenotaph Vandalized) and the fact that PD did not protect that site, it is up to Texans to watch over our most valuable historical monument and ensure its safety.” A self-identified Second Amendment advocate who is a pastor and college instructor said he was there to support those armed and ready to protect the Cenotaph. He explained that the memorial had been defaced less than 48 hours ago. “They are showing up here to do what they have been doing for a long time. For months. And that’s protecting this place. For years for that matter.” He said they were standing up for what’s right.” He then invoked the names of Walter Scott of South Carolina, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, and George Floyd of Minneapolis. “To make sure that 184 years ago when our true patriots were fighting to protect the Alamo, that I too can stand and let them know that it’s worth fighting for.” When asked about the “white supremacy” graffiti, he answered, “It’s saddening because they obviously don’t know the history of what has taken place.” He explained that 200 men fought for 13 days. “That was not just for white people. Or Hispanics. It was for Americans. That was the point whereby we still call the ‘rally cry.’ That rally cry is ‘Remember the Alamo.’ That rally cry is something that has affected me as an African American, as a black man in American, because that rally cry led toward the freedom for all of us.” Some said the group was not really concerned about any damage being done at the Alamo. Officers arrived at the Alamo Plaza dressed in riot and protective gear. They had batons and zip ties, and a few had shields, reported the San Antonio Express-News.

Good for these guys protecting the Alamo.  More people need to follow their fine lead, and stand up against these thugs and losers destroying businesses, government bldgs, and so on.  We have a Second Amendment, and the right to self-defense.  If you’re home or business is threatened, then stand firm and protect what’s yours.  Don’t let these thugs, losers, and punks win.

Alamo dig: Archaeologists unearth tip of Mexican sword

Archaeologists digging near the Alamo have unearthed the broken tip of a Mexican soldier’s sword that may have been used in the famous 1836 battle. “We’re pretty excited, we didn’t expect it,” explained Nesta Anderson, the dig’s lead investigator and senior archaeologist at Pape-Dawson Engineers, during a press conference Thursday. The sword tip was found in the dirt near the possible site of the Alamo’s south wall and gate. The heavily-corroded fragment, which is almost six inches long, was identified by Sam Nesmith of the Texas Museum of Military History. “It would have been issued to a non-commissioned officer in the Mexican infantry,” said Anderson. The fragment was once part of a French-built sword called a Briquette that was widely used by the Mexican army of that era, she explained. The Alamo site was first established as a Spanish mission in 1744. Experts are trying to locate the compound’s original walls and gain insight into the site’s history as part of a major excavation project that began July 20. Archaeologists believe that the sword may have been used during fortification of the Alamo in 1835 by Mexican troops under General Martin Perfecto do Cos, prior to its capture by Texan forces that year. Another possibility is that the sword was used when a column of Mexican soldiers attacked the Alamo’s south wall during the 1836 battle, Anderson said. Anderson explained that archaeologists found a similar sword tip in 2006 at the main plaza in downtown San Antonio that may be associated with the battle of Bejar in December 1835 when Texan forces defeated Mexican troops. Three months later Mexican troops returned to the area and laid siege to the Alamo, which fell on March 6, 1836. Archeologists recently reported that they may be close to locating the Alamo’s main gate. Experts discovered stones beneath San Antonio’s Alamo Plaza last week that could be associated with the main gate of the 18th century Mision San Antonio de Valero, as the Alamo Mission was originally known. The stones are near the possible site of the Alamo’s south wall and gate, Anderson said..

Fascinating!!    🙂

The original Alamo may have been found

Bet you don’t remember the original Alamo. When the World Heritage site we know as the Alamo opened in San Antonio as the Mission San Antonio de Valero, it wasn’t the first iteration of the mission. Archeologists now think it was initially founded at a different site in 1718, then moved about a mile away from 1719 until 1724, when a hurricane forced the mission to move a final time. And the researchers also believe that the earliest Alamo predecessor has been found. A three-year investigation at a parking lot, field, and courtyard owned by San Antonio’s Christopher Columbus Italian Society has turned up artifacts that link the site to the mission, including pottery fragments, beads, hand-made nails, stone flakes, gun flints, colonial glass, and a grinding stone possibly dating to the early 18th century, reports the San Antonio Express-News. Some artifacts were even lying visible on the ground. “I looked down and started seeing the metal and I literally, really, I just had to sit down on the ground because I was like, ‘This is too incredible,'” archaeologist Kay Hindes tells News 4 San Antonio. Topography and written records also suggest the original mission was located in the vicinity of the site. However, archaeologists couldn’t definitively prove the site was the original. “What is missing from the site to confirm it 100% would be shreds of Puebla polychrome or San Luis polychrome, that we know in Texas those types of ceramics are not found on sites that postdate 1725,” Hindes tells Texas Public Radio. But as “the site has been greatly impacted by 300 years worth of occupation and construction,” Hindes notes, “the fact that we’ve found anything is truly miraculous.”

Very cool!!     🙂