The Illustrated Alamo 1836: A Photographic Journey

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-02-01
  • Publisher: State House Pr
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For more than 170 years, the true nature and appearance of the Alamo, the cradle of Texas liberty, has eluded historians and artists alike. Partially demolished soon after the famous battle, the mission/fortress' appearance grew more and more indistinct. Even more recently, Hollywood has compounded the problem by redesigning the place to suit the artistic purposes of the dramatic script.
But the truth was lurking all along, in old sketches, plats, diagrams, and later archeological digs. Now for the first time, all of the available sources have been meticulously consulted and brought together to create the most accurate illustrated book on the true appearance of the Alamo in 1836 ever produced.
The reader is taken through the entire Alamo compound, inside and out, and shown areas never before depicted. For clarity, the compound is divided into sectors, each chapter covering a sector, which is then explored in detail. Through extremely realistic photo-illustrations, as well as dramatic original artwork with explanatory text, the author breathes new life into the 1836 Alamo - and makes it real.

Table of Contents

My Personal Alamo Journeyp. 9
Acknowledgmentsp. 16
Forewordp. 19
How to Use this Bookp. 20
The Eight Sectors of the Alamo Planp. 21
South Wall (Lunette / Low Barrack / Espaldon)p. 22
West Wall-South (l8-Pounder / Blacksmith / Artillery Command / Gunade)p. 34
West Wall-North (Trevino House / Southern Castaneda House / 6-Pounder)p. 42
North Wall (Fortin de Condelle / Northern Postern / North Wall Ruins / Fortin de Teran / Reyes House / Long Barrack Extension)p. 48
Long Barrack (Granary / Convento / Hospital / Arsenal / Porterfa)p. 60
Eastern Courtyards (Northern Courtyard / Convento Courtyard)p. 68
South Courtyard (Palisade / 4-Pounders / Connecting Wall)p. 80
Church (Interior Rooms / Fortin de Cos / Swivel Gun)p. 88
Special Section: Alamo Compound Viewsp. 104
The Plan of the Alamop. 116
Detailed Schematic of the Eastern Courtyards' Appearance c. 1803-1810p. 118
Detailed Schematic of the Eastern Courtyards' Appearance c. 1836p. 120
A Selection of Detailed Schematics and Viewsp. 122
The Artillery of the Alamo and its Placementp. 138
The 18-Pounder and Related Artillery Implementsp. 144
The Early Architectural Development of the Convento Complex at Mission San Antonio de Valerop. 146
The Evolution of the Church, Convento, and Related Structures, 1724-1836p. 150
The Evolution and Origin of the "Connecting Wall" from the Church to Convento, 1749-1860p. 154
The North Rooms of the Alamo Churchp. 160
The Flags of the Alamop. 162
Mission Periodp. 165
Alamo Compound c. 1845p. 167
Map of San Antonio de Bexar and Vicinity c. 1836p. 168
Afterwordp. 170
Selected Bibliographyp. 171
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