The Battle of the Alamo  was a pivotal event in the Texas Revolution. Following a 13-day siege from February 23 – March 6, 1836, Mexican troops under President General Antonio López de Santa Anna launched an assault on the Alamo killing all of the defenders. Here are a few things you may not know about the Alamo's history...

Santa Anna's cruelty during the battle inspired many Texians—both Texas settlers and adventurers from the United States—to join the Texian Army. Set on revenge, the Texians defeated the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto, on April 21, 1836, ending the revolution.

Erected in 1724, the Alamo was the first of five missions in the area. It had one of the first hospitals in Texas.

It was once used as a post for the Confederate Army.

At one point in its history, the city of San Antonio, the Catholic Church and the U.S. federal government all claimed ownership of the Alamo.

Alamo is the Spanish word for “cottonwood,”

The original walls around the Alamo are long gone. The stone walls and arches there today were built in the 1920s.

The shrine’s private police force is the Alamo Rangers. A former security chief of the Alamo Rangers has claimed to have seen ghosts at the shrine.

Martin Leal is owner of Alamo City Paranormal and a local ghost hunter. There is a legend that spirits of mission friars, American Indians, Mexican soldiers and Alamo defenders haunt the area.

What took place at the Alamo on this day (March 6th, 1836) is a haunting memory of the courageous and overwhelmingly outnumbered defenders of the Alamo and the stand they took for what they believed in!