The Alamo Messenger
October 2014
The present day Alamo Complex
        Remembering Through Education         

In This Issue
In Their Own Words
In this letter dated October 4, 1835 Domingo de Ugartachea, the Military Commandant of Coahuila and Texas, relates his understanding of the  Battle of Gonzales and appeals to Steven F. Austin as a good Mexican to use his influence to help keep the peace in Texas.  Keep Reading  
Educator Resource
Primary source documents are a great way to teach history.  This worksheet, taken from the 7th Grade School Packet available on the Alamo's website, can be used to help your students evaluate sources like the ones found in the "In Their Own Words" section of this newsletter. 
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Greetings and welcome to the October 2014 edition of the Alamo Messenger.  Following the firing of the opening shots of the Texas Revolution in Gonzales on October 2, 1835, Texas residents and their American sympathizers began making ready for war.  It is this activity that is the focus of the articles and primary source documents in this month's newsletter.  This month's Artifact of the Month segment departs from this theme to introduce one of the artifacts that will be displayed in our new exhibit Firearms of the Texas Frontier: From Flintlock to Cartridge, 1836 - 1876, which opens October 15th.
Feature Article 
The Consultation: Sowing the Seeds of Discord

October 1835 proved to be a momentous month for Texas. All summer rumors of an impending military campaign to subdue the rebellious colonists had raced from community to community.Even Stephen F.
Photo Credit: Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0
Austin's return from prison in Mexico City failed to calm the situation. Events were happening faster than plans could be made or followed. 

Keep Reading 
Artifact of the Month
Colt Walker - C Company 136



Colt Walker This  Colt Walker was issued to a member of Captain H. Samuel Walker's Company in 1847.  It is marked C Company 136.  On loan from firearms collector John Galle, this artifact will appear in the Alamo's upcoming exhibit, "Firearms of the Texas Frontier: Flintlock to Cartridge, 1836 - 1876." 


 Read more about the real Walker, Texas Ranger and the firearm he inspired
Stories of Texas Women
Flags of the Texas Revolution & the Women who Made Them

  Texas Flags  

In the Texas Revolution, as in other revolutions contemporary and historical, imagery such as flags plays an important role in instilling a sense of revolutionary spirit. As the men of Texas began to organize into various militias, the women of Texas went to work designing and sewing flags for them to march under.   Keep Reading 


This Month in Texas History
October 1839: The GLO Moves to Austin 
Following the revolution, the newly formed Texas government consolidated control and supervision of the land granting system into a single agency, the Texas General Land Office.  On October 8, 1839 the GLO opened in Austin after
relocating from Houston.   

Thank you for reading the October 2014 edition of the Alamo Messenger.  Join us next month as our our month-by-month survey of the Texas Revolution continues.  As always, we welcome your feedback on how we can continue to improve our newsletter and provide our subscribers with quality content.

The Alamo Education Department Staff
New Exhibit Opening October 15th

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