When it comes to the history of America, and our quest to carve out the nation of our dreams, there are a number of iconic adventures that mustn’t be forgotten.
The journey of Lewis and Clark, the Louisiana Purchase, Manifest Destiny, and the California Gold Rush all come to mind, lending their own unique spin to the ways in which Americans came and conquered. It was our dream to stake out an entirely new world on this continent, and by God we achieved it.
Now, as we approach the 200-year anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo, the piece-de-resistance of the Texas Revolution, a pair of the mission’s cannons have been preserved and repaired in order for future generations of Americans to marvel.
“Among several artillery pieces from the iconic site where Texans and volunteers from across the U.S. held their famous last stand in 1836, the two guns were sent last October to the Texas A&M Conservation Research Lab in College Station for extensive work. The task, completed last month, was undergone with reverence.
“’Our efforts to preserve and protect the Alamo are first and foremost about the story of the battle itself. It was the 13 days of battle in 1836 that made this mission sacred,’ said Texas General Land Office Commissioner George P. Bush. ‘These cannons … sat on platforms of new wood on the perimeter of this fortress, trained on the enemy. Heroes died manning them. We need these cannons to last so future Texans can see 1836 for themselves.’
“The guns included the four-pounder — after the size shot it fired — Spanish cannon that was part of the battle for the Alamo as well as the six-pounder ‘1842 Rio Grande Cannon’ named after where and when it was recovered. While inspecting the Rio Grande gun, researchers were able to trace to late 18th-Century production at the Bersham Foundry in Wrexham, Wales.”
Wilder still – the Spanish-made cannon had already been in use for over one hundred years before being fired at The Alamo.
The fascinating preservation process can be seen in the video below: