The Alamo, located in San Antonio, Texas, was the site of the legendary siege of 1836, one of the most important battles for Texas’s independence from Mexico. During this battle, thousands of Mexican soldiers were killed or wounded and 182 Texan defenders of the Alamo lost their lives.
The Alamo was erected in the 1700’s. It was built as a mission to bring Christianity to the Native Americans. However, In the 1830’s, this mission housed revolutionaries and rebels. It was during this time that the mission was re-purposed as a fort with the addition of high walls and numerous outbuildings.
In 1836 Mexico’s General Santa Anna (known as the Napoleon of the West) marched on San Antonio with 1,000 troops. Santa Ana’s goal was to conquer the Texan rebels. When he arrived on the 23rd of February, 145 rebels had taken refuge within the Alamo. For the next 13 days, a raging battle ensued.
William B. Travis, commander of the regular army and Jim Bowie commander of the volunteers, managed to increase their numbers to 182 men to defend the Alamo. Unfortunately, Santa Ana’s army swelled to 4,000 men.
Grossly outnumbered, the Texans fought valiantly but Santa Anna’s troops stormed the Alamo on the morning of March 6, killing most of the men. Among the dead were William Travis, Jim Bowie, and Davy Crockett. The Mexican army won the battle, but at a high cost, 1,600 Mexican soldiers lay dead or wounded. When General Santa Ana spoke of this victory, he was reported to say, “One more such glorious victory and we are finished.”
After the battle, the bodies of the Alamo defenders were desecrated by Mexican soldiers. They were looted, dismembered, buried in mass graves, dumped in the river, and even burned. In contrast, the fallen Mexican soldiers were given proper burials on the site. To this day, construction crews and utility workers dig up skulls and other bones when excavating in the area.
As you can imagine, there are a lot of unsettled souls haunting the Alamo. Several Federal Marshals have quit their jobs after encountering wandering entities on the portion of the lawn that covers the old cemetery.
In the gardens, the spirit of a cowboy, wearing a black duster and hat, appears dripping wet as if he has ridden through a thunderstorm. Some historians feel this spirit may be one of the 22 dispatch riders that William Travis sent seeking assistance.
Other witnesses report seeing a tall stately, but sorrowful Mexican officer who is believed to be General Manuel Fernandez de Castrillon. He was one of Santa Anna’s regimental commanders and opposed the final assault on the Alamo, stating it was bound to be a “bloodbath.”
Park Rangers report seeing Davy Crockett standing guard at various locations. He is described as holding his flintlock rifle and wearing his coon
skin cap and buckskin clothing.
Even the spirit of John Wayne has been spotted. In life, he was cast as Davy Crockett in the 1960 version of “The Alamo” and was obsessed about researching the famous battle, It is speculated that he was so captivated by heroic stories that he chose to spend eternity alongside the real Davy Crockett and the rest of the fighting Texans.
This is just a small list of the apparitions seen at this famous battle site. In fact, this historical site is considered to be the most haunted place in the United States, possibly even the world.