Originally Posted by jegates
As an Alamo admirer I see no issues with the thought that a lot of the defenders tried to make a break for it on the final assualt.
Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!
In all honesty, any true scholar of the Alamo recognizes that about
70-90 men did jump the wall and attempted escape. Santa Anna
even anticipated this move and positioned light cavalry to cut off their escape.
As you wrote, there is no shame in living to fight another day and the Alamo defenders
didn't have a suicide death wish. Who would?
It was dark, certain death awaited the defenders if they remained in
the compound. Better to sell one's life with the best chance of taking a few
enemy with you, on your terms, rather than theirs.
Tucker's book was nothing new and was more smear and
belittlement than education.