I have never been to the alamo but stephen harrigan author of the gates to the alamo made me feel like i was there with the defenders of the alamo during the long thirteen days in 1836 when the texas shrine of liber. It is a pleasure and a relief to discover that the gates of the alamo fully deserves all the praise it has received as much as the alamo siege serves to anchor and highlight the story it is not the sole focus of the plot and indeed only occupies a bare third or so of the book. The gates of the alamo is an extremely long novel by stephen harrigan it tells the story of the defeat of the texian patriots by the army of mexican general santa anna at the alamo in march 1836. The gates of the alamo colonel travis and his slave joe are trying to stay awake in the early morning hours of march 6 1836 as they await the final assault by stephen harrigan. Excerpt the gates of the alamo in the early spring of 1835 an american botanist named edmund mcgowan travelled southeast from bxar on the la baha road following the course of the san antonio river as it made its unhurried way through the oak mottes and prairies of mexican texas
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