This 1961 diagram of the Alamo shows pretty much what the church looks like now. It is well to note that the outer Sacristy wall is not original. Outside the present-day wall---and not shown in the diagram---, one can see the ruins of the rest of the original Sacristy.
"THE VALIANT FEW: Crisis at The Alamo" was Lon Tinkle's second book on the subject. Released as part of the MACMILLAN BATTLE BOOK SERIES, it is a slim volume, but a good one, nevertheless, chuck full of good maps and pictures. (And, unlike Tinkle's earlier work, "13 Days To Glory" (1958), it's mentions some Texians going over the wall.)
One thing about that painting that struck me is how thinly the artist chose to man the wall. As soldados move in through a breach in the north wall, most of the Texians have already fallen back to the church and Long Barrack. Only a few Texians are shown positioned by cannon. Seems like the idea is that each guy by a cannon is to just touch it off and then run like hell.
This Seth Eastman sketch of the interior of the west wall was done in 1839, at the same time that the artist did his study sketches of the Alamo church. Too bad this sketch never got to be a finished painting.
As you can see, some Bejarians have already moved back into the compound and set up house. While the pitched roof building seems to have gotton a more substantial roof, the arches of the ruined arcade have been filled in as doors and windows to provide for more living space.
There is a bit of myth here, as well as history in Kenneth Turner's "Decision At The Alamo". While some question as to whether, or not Travis actually drew a line in the dirt, to others, the "hump" on the chapel has become as much of a symbol of the Alamo as 'the line' itself.
Post by Cole_blooded on Sept 22, 2005 16:09:59 GMT -5
Turners Alamo Artwork is amazing,yeah I know the line in the sand,The hump on the church/chapel,the chopped in size kitchen,etc! But the figures look nice as does the dirt and the shadow of one of the Texians on the wall!
I also like the sky color and the way that one Texian seems to look at you with the thousand yard stare!