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Important Early History of the Battle of the Alamo Digitized

May 2, 2011

UTSA Special Collections’ has digitized our first edition The fall of the Alamo : a reminiscence of the revolution of Texas by Reuben Marmaduke Potter (1860).

While not without some errors, Potter’s carefully researched pamphlet is nonetheless a key early source for studying the battle of the Alamo. It was based heavily on Potter’s interviews with members of the Mexican army who attacked the Alamo and on his own careful inspection of the Alamo itself beginning in 1841.

This copy is of particular interest because Potter made extensive handwritten annotations throughout and at the end of the text. For example, on page 12, Potter adds to his earlier statement that a few men had leaped from the outer barriers in an attempt to escape, by noting that “One of these men concealed himself under a bridge of the irrigation ditch near the fort, & remained hidden till late in the day when he was discovered by some of the camp women who were washing near the bridge. He was dragged out & manacled”(12).

Someone (perhaps Potter) also pasted in a copy of his article “The Fall of the Alamo,” which appeared in the San Antonio Herald on August 28, 1860.

For those who find Potter’s handwritting challenging to read, a transcript of the text on each page may be accessed by using the drop-down menu on the left to select “page description” or “page & text.”

Dorothy Sloan Books. “An Alamo Rarity with Copious Manuscript Notes & Corrections by Author,” Auction 22 Catalog. Accessed 2 May 2011.

Potter, Reuben M. The fall of the Alamo: a reminiscence of the revolution of Texas. San Antonio : Printed on the Herald steam Press, 1860. [F390 .P863 1860]

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