The Church of the Alamo, San Antonio de Bexar - 1847
As Travis, Bowie, and Crockett Knew It
When the United States Army marched into San Antonio in 1846, Sgt. Edward Everett was ordered to sketch the local landmarks.
Here's what he had to say about the Alamo:
"I can present nothing new regarding the history of the Alamo, but can only give the account of the condition in which we found it in 1846-47, and subsequent developments on clearing away the debris of the fallen walls and roofs.
There was no pretensions to ornamental architecture except in the facade of the church, and portions of its interior. Such of the other buildings as remained, having the usual thick and roughly-built stone walls, and heavy plaster roofs. These we rebuilt and adapted to our purposes without remorse.
But the church we respected as an historical relic — and as such its characteristics were not marred by us.
We had the debris cleared away from the interior, in which process several skeletons and other relics of the siege were found.
The keystone over the front entrance bore the date 1758. Numerous shot holes, and the demolished roof bore testimony to the severity of the bombardment; this part, from its stronger built walls, having been resorted to as the last stronghold of the devoted band.
On either side of the entrance was a small vaulted room, having each a small window opening to the front. The roof had been of stone, of a semicircular arch springing from the side walls, which were as usual in the form of the Latin cross, and were well and solidly built.
Adjoining the transept on one side was a vaulted room strongly built of stone, which we made use of, after properly securing the entrances, as a magazine, in which was stored the large amount of ammunition in our hands.
McConnel, Black, Henry, and myself were assigned the duty of collecting information respecting the history, customs, etc., of places passed through, and of making drawings of buildings and objects of interest.
Making the drawings was the share of work allotted to me. I first made a drawing of the Alamo in India ink."
Our reproduction of Sgt. Everett's Alamo drawing shows it as Travis, Bowie, and Crockett knew it. The famous parapet was added three years after Everett drew this, when the Army put a roof on it and turned it into a warehouse. Everett was gone by then.
If you look through the doorway you can see what remained of the ramp that ran up to the rear wall, atop which the defenders mounted a cannon to cover the Eastern approach.
Through the upper window you can see the top of the rear wall, upon which Edward Everett perched and sketched the interior.
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