This 1958 overview of the Alamo battle by artist Edwin Muller appeared in a Reader's Digest scholastic book for advanced reading. The illustration shows the Alamo church as it looked after the army had restored it, complete with 'hump' and pitched roof. (At least the roof is on fire!) There are also only four cannons in the fort.
I appreciate these pre- John Wayne/Al Ybarra renditions of the Alamo compound and I particularly like the redoubt, over in the cattle pen.
Next to Theodore Gentilz's overview of the Alamo, this particular overview, by artist Paul Remmick, from the endsheets of Walter Lord's 1961 book, A TIME TO STAND is probably the most familiar one to Baby Boomers.
For once, there are no upper windows showing on the facade, although the artist has solved the dilemma of cannon firing in three different directions in the chapel battery by positioning them in the apse and both transepts, respectively. That's a lot of rubble in that platform! Over by the NW corner meanwhile, the wall seems to raise up to over 30 feet---much higher than even the chapel itself. Cos would've had to of had some pretty tall ladders to get in here.
This Alamo has 17 guns mounted, including the one atop the hospital roof on the Long Barrack. (3 unmounted tubes lie on the ground.)
Last Edit: Jun 14, 2006 22:43:06 GMT -5 by neferetus
I just got this curious little Alamo book from Australia in which the artist has seen fit to portray the Alamo defenders as Australian Bush Rangers, much like Ned Kelly, or Bold Ben Hall. (I'll let you guess who's supposed to be Bowie, Crockett and Travis.)
This newspaper illustration shows the Alamo as it looked during the Civil War years. As you can see, the Low Barrack is still shown standing. How- ever, it would be later torn down (in 1876), as many people considered it an eyesore.