One Foot in the Ground

by M-Gillies

The original Mission San Antonio de Valero was abandoned and was taken over by the Mexican army who began calling it the Alamo. Historians believe the name came either from the Spanish word for cotton trees which surrounded the fortress or from the name of a company of Spanish solders who came from Alamo de Parras in Coahuila.

In 1836, Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna led a 13-day siege against Texan soldiers as he fought to recapture the Alamo. However, his success was short-lived when the Texan army reclaimed the Alamo, taking the general and his troops captive.

After being sent back to Mexico City, Santa Anna was given control of a Mexican army by the Mexican Government to defend against attacks from French forces. During the battle, Santa Anna was injured in the hand and leg by cannon fire resulting in the amputation of much of his leg.

Ever the showman, Santa Anna ordered that his amputated leg be given a full Mexican state funeral, complete with full military honors.

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