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2013-03-21

Local DRT members view the "Victory or Death" letter at the Alamo

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On March 4. members of Kerrville's Joshua D. Brown Chapter of the Daughters of the
Republic of Texas traveled to San Antonio, where they were joined by DRT President General, Karen Thompson, to view the letter written to Texans and all Americans to come to the aid of the defenders of freedom at the Alamo. The urgent message, penned by Colonel William B. Travis, was on loan from the Texas State Library and
Archives Commission through March 7, marking its first return to the Alamo since being written on Feb. 24, 1836, when it was dispatched from the Alamo by mounted courier Albert Martin.
In the letter, Colonel Travis wrote, "Then, I call on you in the name of liberty, of patriotism and everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch."
Chapter president, GayNell Wells said, "We had to wait in a very long line but seeing William Barret Travis' letter was worth every second."
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas is dedicated to the preservation of the history of Texas and its pioneering families. Membership is open to any woman, who having attained her sixteenth birthday, can prove she is a lineal descendent of a man or woman who rendered loyal service for Texas prior to Feb. 19,1846 when the Republic of
Texas entered the United States under an annexation agreement.
The Joshua D. Brown Chapter meets at 10 am the fourth Monday of the month at the Trinity Baptist Church, 800 Jackson Rd. in Kerrville.
For more information about DRT or the Joshua D. Brown Chapter, please contact Wells at 895-0788.

Pictured: Courtesy photo
Some of the members of the Joshua D. Brown Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas who made the trip to the Alamo to view Col. William B. Travis' famous letter. Karen Thompson, DRT President General, wearing the striped blouse, appears at the right center.