By Rob Morgan
I was reading Mike Crane’s comments on the differences between the USA and the rest of the English-speaking world, and then turned to have a look at the weather conditions in parts of that large country. There was a Washington photograph of a snow-covered equestrian statue of President Jackson, with four rather well-preserved cannon about the plinth. Ordnance and similar matters are a favourite of mine, and of course the USA seems to have a large amount still standing about as monuments of one form or another. Most seem to be from the American Civil War (we add the first word to differentiate between the English Civil War, Spanish Civil War, Greek Civil War, Chinese Civil War and Russian Civil Wars, amongst many). But for some reason it crossed my mind that something must have happened to those guns, the Texas guns, rather than the Mexican, defending the Alamo? I found this in a book, not via the John Wayne film: A dozen, perhaps more, cannon were at the Alamo, some of fairly large calibre. They, apart from any which might have burst, were obviously all captured. What happened to them? Did they end up in Mexico City as trophies? Or were they spiked and abandoned in place? Maybe they were of some military value to the Mexican army for fortress defence?
Maybe there’s a big Alamo Artillery Museum? One thing I do know is that there was a solitary Welshman, recently arrived in Texas, who fought and died at the Alamo — if there’d been two Welshmen, it would never have fallen!