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Exodus From The Alamo (Paperback)

The Anatomy of the Last Stand Myth

Military > By Century > 19th Century World History > The Americas > USA

By Phillip Thomas Tucker
Imprint: Casemate Publishers
Pages: 256
Illustrations: 16 pages illustrations
ISBN: 9781612000763
Published: 26th September 2011



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“An eye opening reappraisal of what really happened during the Alamo siege, final assault and aftermath. . . . Tucker’s well researched account dramatically rewrites long-accepted history and shatters some of the most cherished and enduring myths about the 1836 battle.” –Armchair General“ A work likely to stir much controversy in some circles, and a necessary read for anyone interested in the Texas war for independence.” – Strategy Page“…demonstrates a mastery and understanding…Readers who enjoy detailed battle writing should like Tucker’s text…members who are interested in the story of the Alamo and on the creation and veneration of myth in American History should read…” – Journal of America’s Military PastContrary to movie and legend, we now know that the defenders of the Alamo in the war for Texan independence did not die under brilliant sunlight, defending their stations against hordes of Mexican infantry. Instead the Mexicans launched a predawn attack, surmounting the walls in darkness, forcing a wild melee inside the fort before many of its defenders had even awoken.In this book, Dr. Tucker, after deep research into Mexican accounts and the forensic evidence, informs us that the traditional myth of the Alamo is even more off-base: most of the Alamo’s defenders died in breakouts from the fort, cut down by Santa Anna’s cavalry that had been pre-positioned to intercept the escapees.About the AuthorPhillip Thomas Tucker, winner of the Douglas Southall Freeman Award in 1993, is an historian for the United States Air Force in Washington, D.C., and lives in Maryland.

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About Phillip Thomas Tucker

Phillip Thomas Tucker, chief historian of the 81st Training Wing, Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, is the author/editor of several Civil War titles, including The 1862 Plot to Kidnap Jefferson Davis.

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