Now I know where I saw that hole in the north wall covered with palisades. It was on Kaj´s Alamo model! So I guess he got that wrong...
Kaj made his model in 1973 and a lot of new information on Alamo architecture has surfaced, since then. In the movie ALAMO, THE PRICE OF FREEDOM, the palisade covering the breach is similar to the one on Kaj's model. The production company set the palisade on fire and then had us soldados climb it with ladders, before jumping down into the pitch black unknown below the wall. It was scary, not knowing exactly where or how you would land.
Wow - that must have been fun. Scary but fun. I don´t think I´ve ever seen that movie. Maybe I can get it on Amazon. Btw, I just ordered Wayne´s Alamo movie, Edmondson´s book, Seguin´s auto-bio and Jackson´s "graphic novel", Indian Lover, about Houston. And I´m about to order your book too, as you know. So I´m gonna have quite an Alamo fiest...
Seguin, Alamo The price of Freedom is not available on dvd or vhs for that matter. the only way to see it is if you go to rivercenter mall in san antonio and watch it in their Imax theatre. many of us are still hoping that it will be released on dvd sometime.
"I'll leave this rule for when I'm dead-- be always sure you're right, then go ahead."-David Crockett
This replica of one of the Alamo's earth-stuffed cowhide barricades used to be inside one of the windows of the Long Barracks. It has since been relegated to the NE corner of the modern-day Alamo courtyard near the restrooms and soda machines. I wish that they would put it back. It was one of the few references to the Alamo as a fort.
As you can see, ALAMO: The Price Of Freedom faithfully reproduced the semi-circular parapets of earth rammed inbetween two stretched cowhides.
(Curious, how THE ALAMO (2004) has nothing whatsoever guarding the barrack doors. The soldados merely rush into the unprotected building and then kill all its occupants in about five seconds without having to resort to captured Texian cannon, as in POF.)
The Alamo church , as we see it today, bears little resemblance to it's appearence during the siege of February 23rd/March 6, 1836. The famous upper gable, or hump, was not in evidence in 1836. The church, essentially an unfinished structure, had a more or less flat ridgeline on it's facade...rather plain looking. really. We have U.S. Army Major Babbit to thank for it's now world famous "hump". While restoring the church in 1850, a new pitched roof was added. To hide the unsightly peak of the new roof from view along the facade, Babbit thought to conceal it behind an elaborate, curved gable. The deception worked and continues to fascinate visitors to the "Shrine of Texas Liberty" even unto this day.
Not everyone was happy about the addition of the "hump" however. Prominent San Antonio citizen and local historian William Corner said (in the 1890's) that it detracted from the church's prior rugged looking appearence. He said that it looked more like the head-board (bedstead) of a four-poster bed. "Piecemeal, a little here, a little there", Corner remarked, "the Alamo has been all but restored off the face of the earth."
Here's a kind of lop-sided photo of the Alamo chapel's facade undergoing renovation. Notice how, after the workers on the scaffolding have applied the weather proofing, the individual stones seem to be highlighted?
I don't know why they thought it necessary to reveal that grooved line down the center of the wall. Back when the U.S. army was in control of the chapel, a building addition was added in the open space between the baptistry and south transept to be used as offices. When the addition was later demolished, the groove---which showed where the old army roof once set in--- was filled in. Sometime between the late 90's and 2001, the groove was 'rediscovered' and the mortar removed. In my opinion, it does not add anything to the building.