Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 08:55 AM.

 friend of mine recently went to San Antonio, Texas for work.  He evidently had an hour or two to spend one afternoon and he decided to stop by the Alamo.  He brought me back a pamphlet with a little of the history, a map and the names of the heroes who died defending the fort.

Having seen the original movie from 1960 and the latest one from 2004, I found it interesting.  My Mama was an Alabama history teacher for over 40 years and she always made sure that we appreciated the folks who fought for our country.

I think that it is important that we continue to teach our children to appreciate those who fight and sometimes die for our country.

Having read books and watched the movies, I knew about Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett and William Travis who all died at the Alamo.  Having a mother as a history teacher, I also knew the bad side of some of these famous Alamo fighters.

Jim Bowie was apparently a bit of a “con man” according to many folks and William Travis was branded a coward after leaving Alabama as a failure who neglected many of his obligations, mainly his wife and children. 

Davy Crockett?  Well, as we all know, Davy killed a lot of animals and was a “good ole boy” politician.

Texas was a place for all of these fellows to go and start over.  Mama always said that those things didn’t mean that they weren’t heroes.  I was always happy with Mama’s explanations and continued to wear my coonskin hat.

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