I guess it all began with Theodore Gentilz's 1885 painting, FALL OF THE ALAMO. Based upon an 1844 sketch the artist did, the painting depicts what the compound looked like in 1844, not 1836. By that time, the roof of the hospital portion of the Long Barrack had fallen in, giving it that awkward look. Too, while all of the barack doors appear to be squared off here, the 1844 sketch shows some of them to be rounded. As for the appearence of the south wall, Gentilz seems to have fallen back on a faulty memory, as he shows the wall with stones laid out in the pattern of bricks, rather than in the rough limestone style of the rest of the compound. With all its failings, this image nevertheless remains my favorite overview of the battle.
Last Edit: Feb 25, 2008 13:26:20 GMT -5 by neferetus