John F. McCullagh

(09/28/1954 / Flushing)

"To the People of Texas & All Americans in the World: "


The blank parchment is wordlessly taunting me
Shall I write out a Will? Or a Plea?
The troops of Santa Anna surround us,
Should I surrender unconditionally?
No! I've replied with the cannon!
I'm determined to here make my Stand.
My life and my honor for Texas,
My beloved adopted homeland.
Their red flag of no quarter is flying.
So far I have not lost a man.
Ceaseless is their cannonading,
"Victory or Death! "- My command.

Submitted: Thursday, October 04, 2012

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Imagine you are Lt. Col. William Barret Travis. It is 02/24/1836 and you are writing a letter to ask for reinforcements. You and your men have, at most,12 days to live.

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