Alamo Day 5, the Siege Continues

February 27, 1836

The Battle of the Alamo continued on February 27, 1836. On this day, Mexican forces continued to build batteries and siege lines around the Alamo. Mexican forces cut off the water supply to the Alamo.

Alamo Battle, 1836, Day 5, Wall at the Alamo

The grounds at the Alamo. Image Source: Portal to Texas History.

What happened at the Battle of the Alamo on the fifth day?

This video from The Alamo in San Antonio Texas summarizes the events that took place on the fifth day of the siege, which was a key part of the Texas Revolution.

Facts About Day 5 of the Alamo

  1. The fifth day of the siege was again cold with temperatures ranging in the 30s.
  2. Having exhausted their supplies, the Mexicans pillaged San Antonio again and sent troops to nearby ranches to forage for livestock and corn.
  3. The Mexicans cut off the Alamo’s water supply at its source: the San Antonio River. This eliminated the Alamo’s major source of water.
  4. The Mexicans built more entrenchments. The Texans maintained consistent fire on the Mexicans building the entrenchments.
  5. James Butler Bonham left the Alamo and headed for Goliad and Gonzales to gather volunteers.
  6. Santa Anna sent a letter to his subordinates, asking for reinforcements.
  7. Santa Anna planned to assault the Alamo as soon as the first reinforcements arrived.
  8. The Texans fortified their positions and held out hope for reinforcements to arrive, instead of surrendering or making plans to evacuate the Alamo.
  9. Santa Anna intended to capture the Alamo, and then carry out operations against Goliad and other fortified Texan locations.
  10. Santa Anna wanted to end the Texas Revolution before the onset of the rainy season.

Timeline of the Battle of the Alamo — 13 Days to Glory

This timeline provides a summary of the siege and the battle. The name “13 Days of Glory” refers to 13 Days of Glory, a day-by-day account published by Don Tinkle in 1996.

Day 1, February 23 — Mexican forces arrive in San Antonio.

Day 2, February 24 — Colonel William B. Travis took command of the Alamo, the two sides exchanged artillery fire, and Travis wrote his famous “Victory or Death” letter.

Day 3, February 25 —  Mexican forces tried to occupy small huts on the southwest corner of the Alamo. A skirmish ensured and the Texans burned the huts. Mexican forces built more artillery batteries.

Day 4, February 26 — Winter weather slowed operations around the Alamo. A minor skirmish took place outside the walls of the Alamo when Texans went to collect water.

Day 5, February 27 — Mexican forces continued to build batteries and siege lines around the Alamo. Mexican forces cut off the water supply to the Alamo.

Day 6, February 28 — Mexican forces conducted a lengthy bombardment of the Alamo and moved closer to the walls.

Day 7, February 29  — General Antonio López de Santa Anna sent troops to block Texan reinforcements while Mexican forces surrounded the Alamo.

Day 8, March 1 — Texan reinforcements arrived from Gonzales as winter weather continued.

Day 9, March 2 — At Washington-on-the-Brazos, the Texas Provisional Government declared independence from Mexico.

Day 10, March 3 — Travis was notified reinforcements were on the way. Santa Anna received more than 1,000 reinforcements.

Day 11, March 4 — Mexican artillery batteries were moved closer to the Alamo and the bombardment continued.

Day 12, March 5 — Santa Anna announced to his officers that he intended to assault the Alamo the next day. William B. Travis drew a line in the sand and asked who would stay and defend the Alamo.

Day 13, March 6 — Mexican forces overwhelmed the Texan garrison. Despite the heroic efforts of the Texans, they were defeated after a bloody battle that lasted for 90 minutes.

Suggested Reading About the Battle of the Alamo

These are our suggestions for learning more about the Battle of the Alamo. This section contains links to Amazon.com.

13 Days of Glory

Lon Tinkle tells the day-by-day story of how 182 men fought a losing battle but won for their cause an almost unparalleled measure of fame in 13 chapters. 13 Days of Glory was published in 1996.

Texian Iliad: A Military History of the Texas Revolution

Stephen L. Hardin offers the first complete military history of the Texas Revolution, drawing on many original Texan and Mexican sources and on-site inspections of almost every battlefield. Texian Iliad was published in 1996.

Encyclopedia of the Alamo and the Texas Revolution

Thom Hatch’s encyclopedia provides thorough coverage of people, places, events, and issues from the pre-Revolution period and settlement of Texas by Americans to the forming of the Republic in 1836. The Encyclopedia of the Alamo was published in 2007.

The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo — and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation

James Donovan provides a detailed account of the battle, written from exhaustive research and using primary sources found in the U.S. and Mexican archives. The Blood of Heroes was published in 2012.

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  • Article Title Alamo Day 5, the Siege Continues
  • Date February 27, 1836
  • Author
  • Keywords Siege of the Alamo, Battle of the Alamo, William B. Travis, Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, Antonio López de Santa Anna, Remember the Alamo, San Antonio
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date April 18, 2024
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update February 15, 2024

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