Aside from the book’s primary focus, the battle of the Alamo, this collection includes on-the-spot accounts of most of the other engagements, skirmishes and massacres, descriptions of the forts, towns, and geography, and information concerning the armies, weapons and clothing involved. There are also word sketches of the appearances of such important figures as David Crockett, James Bowie, and Santa Anna that have apparently eluded modern biographers. Included, too, are many anecdotes of their lives, both in and out of Texas, and descriptions of pieces of their personal property handed down in the postwar years. Newspaper accounts from later decades present interviews with survivors, or their obituaries, and descriptions of the Alamo itself as it evolved from a weed-choked ruin into an iconic shrine.
The book contains several dozen original illustrations by the author, each one explained in-depth with a footnoted, essay-long “caption”. There is also a newly created pictorial representation of the entire Alamo compound as it looked in February and March 1836, accompanied by a lengthy analysis of the fortifications based on a re-examination of the old evidence and a dissection of newly found information.
Included photographs of selected Alamo- and Texas Revolution-related relics from the extraordinary collection of singer Phil Collins.
- 2011 winner of The Summerfield G. Roberts Award
GARY S. ZABOLY is a historical illustrator and writer. He is the author of A True Ranger; The American Colonial Ranger; co-author and illustrator of The Annotated and Illustrated Journals of Major Robert Rogers; illustration and written contributions to Blood of Noble Men; and is the author of numerous articles on various aspects of American military history.
6 x 9 in
480 pp. 35 B&W pen and ink drawings; 13 color drawings; 8 B&W photographs
Pub Date: 11/08/2011