The historic "Victory or Death" letter written by Alamo commander William Barret Travis returned to the famous mission today for the first time since 1836.
State troopers escorted the letter from Austin to San Antonio Friday. Certain steps had to be taken in order to protect the piece of history. Windows had to be blacked out, climate control has been ramped up, curtains will be used and visitors will exit through tents in order to block the sun’s damaging rays.
The one-page letter will be on display at the Alamo beginning February 23, through March 7. The newly appointed gift shop, which is now home to exclusive Alamo merchandise like items relating to the Travis letter, opens Friday.
The letter was written on Feb. 24, 1836, when Travis' forces were under siege in the Alamo by troops of Mexican general Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. In it, Travis asks for help from the people of Texas and all Americans for his outnumbered troops. The letter was carried away on horseback at the start of the famous battle, though his plea went unanswered.
Find out more at TravisLetter.com.