Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed American History

Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed American History

by Brian Kilmeade


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The New York Times bestseller now in paperback with a new epilogue.

In March 1836, the Mexican army led by General Santa Anna massacred more than two hundred Texians who had been trapped in the Alamo. After thirteen days of fighting, American legends Jim Bowie and Davey Crockett died there, along with other Americans who had moved to Texas looking for a fresh start. It was a crushing blow to Texas’s fight for freedom.
But the story doesn’t end there. The defeat galvanized the Texian settlers, and under General Sam Houston’s leadership they rallied. Six weeks after the Alamo, Houston and his band of settlers defeated Santa Anna’s army in a shocking victory, winning the independence for which so many had died.
Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers recaptures this pivotal war that changed America forever, and sheds light on the tightrope all war heroes walk between courage and calculation. Thanks to Kilmeade’s storytelling, a new generation of readers will remember the Alamo—and recognize the lesser known heroes who snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525540533
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 311
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Brian Kilmeade is the coauthor of George Washington's Secret Six, Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates, and Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans, all New York Times bestsellers. Kilmeade cohosts Fox News Channel's morning show Fox & Friends and hosts the daily national radio show The Brian Kilmeade Show. He lives on Long Island. This is his sixth book.

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The Lessons of Battle
“Experience is the teacher of all things.” —Julius Caesar
No small target at six-foot-two, young Sam Houston wasn’t thinking about getting hit. He was thinking about getting even. Running through a hail of musket balls, spears, and ar­rows, he and his fellow soldiers sprinted toward an eight-foot-tall bar­ricade. Behind it was an army of Red Stick Creek American Indians who had massacred three hundred men, women, and children at a Missis­sippi Territory stockade town called Fort Mims seven months earlier. For months Houston and his fellow soldiers serving under General An­drew Jackson had been attempting to retaliate, only to have the Red Sticks escape them time and time again. But now Jackson and his men had discovered their main camp, here at Horseshoe Bend, and they were not leaving without revenge.
The first man over the barricade took a bullet to the skull and fell back lifeless. Just behind him, Sam Houston never wavered.
On enlisting a year earlier as a private, Houston had immediately attracted notice. Tall and strong, his eyes a piercing blue, he looked every inch a leader. Promoted to drill sergeant, Houston’s deep voice rang with authority; in a matter of months, he was promoted twice more. His superiors saw him as “soldierly [and] ready to do, or to suffer, whatever the obligation of . . . military duty imposed.” Now that reso­lution would be tested.
As the second man to top the wall, Houston did not hesitate. Wav­ing his sword, he called for his men to follow. He immediately drew enemy fire, and he leapt to the ground inside the Red Stick fort, an arrow plunged deep into his upper thigh.
Houston refused to be turned aside. Despite the pain, he remained standing, fighting on with the shaft of the arrow protruding from his leg. His platoon, joined by reinforcements, soon drove the Red Sticks back. Only then did Houston look to his wound.
At Sam Houston’s order, another lieutenant tried—but failed—to pull the arrow from his thigh. At Houston’s insistence, the officer yanked a second time, but still the arrow refused to budge. Houston, sword in hand, demanded a third attempt, saying, “Try again and, if you fail this time, I will smite you to the earth.” This time the barbed arrowhead tore free, releasing a gush of blood and opening a deep gash.
Most men would have been done for the day and, after a surgeon field dressed his gaping wound, Houston rested. When General Jack­son came to check the wounded, he recognized the young man who had helped lead the charge and honored him for his bravery—but he also ordered Houston out of the fight. Houston objected, but Jackson was firm.
Houston admired Jackson as the sort of father he’d always wanted, but he wasn’t about to be kept out of the battle by anyone or anything. A short time later, when Jackson called for volunteers to storm a last Red Stick stronghold built into a ravine, Houston got to his feet and grabbed a musket. Limping and bloodied, he charged. When he stopped to level his gun, musket balls smashed into his right shoulder and upper arm, and his shattered limb fell to his side. Houston barely managed to make his way out of the range of fire before collapsing to the earth.
In the hours that followed, the Red Sticks were finally routed; hun­dreds of fighters lay dead. Fort Mims had been avenged, and the British deprived of a key ally in their attempt to destroy the young United States.
But Houston had paid a high price for his part in this victory, and he was about to learn that perhaps his drive to be in the action at any cost was not the best way to serve his country.

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Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed American History 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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Pndfitz359 20 days ago
Fun, informative book.
Daniel Quackenbush 27 days ago
As usual Brian ' style is easy to read and flows through history in a entertaining and logical manner. Brings into intersection the lives of the Texan historical figures many of my generation (baby boomer) grew up with.
Anonymous 3 months ago
good overview of a vast story difficult to distill in such a short essay.
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Anonymous 3 months ago
As a native Texan whose relative was at the Siege of San Antonio, and who later was killed in action fighting Indians while serving in the Republic of Texas Army, I greatly appreciate Mr. Kilmeade's excellent narrative of the story of Texas. Very well written and quite informative.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Just wonderful! I have lived in Texas most of my life , and this book told the story well . I an getting more for presents.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Couldn't help draw parallels with today's politics. Lessons learned and forgotten . A good read.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Very informational and great read!! Brian is brilliant!
sadiesb 4 months ago
Outstanding History book. Easy to read....hard to put down. Thanks to the author for such an insightful history of Texas.
train_lady 5 months ago
Brian Kilmeade has authored several books about the heroes of American history. This one is just great. It's an easy read, laid out well with maps and diagrams of the battles, and well researched. Kilmeade had a wealth of material on which to draw. Other authors have told the Alamo story before. Kilmeade steps back and starts with the roots of the Texan desire for liberty and independence. The men and women who played a major part of this story are shown as people with human flaws, but with the desire and vision to do the right thing for Texas. He concludes with what happened soon after independence was won, and what happened to the principals of this fascinating part of American history. What is interesting about the history is that considering the odds, Texas should never have won their independence. Their army, such as it was, was mostly rag-tag and disorganized. In many ways, it was much like the American Colonists who fought for American independence. Houston is shown to be a complex person who sort of knows what must be done, but doesn't always come across as a strong leader. He has doubts. Some decisions seem to be left to chance. But in the end, he wins the day, and the hearts of the people of Texas. If you enjoy this book, I would encourage you to read Kilmeade's other books of American heroes.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I'm enjoying this read - pure history and captivating.
dbadge6603 6 months ago
Well written. Not the first Alamo history book I have had occasion to read. Kilmeade captures a significant amout what some may the thinking processes that the characters go through in course of the book. It is an excellent method to keep a reader's interest focused on both the character and the storyline. I believe our history must continue to be written about so that it remains vibrant and relevant. Our country's history deserves to be showcased for the accomplishments we have achieved rather than some authors attempts to relegate it to the backshelf or even worse; to revise it to suit their own tastes. Kilmeade has written a masterful book capturing the real thoughts and history surrounding how Texas became part of the United States and then a State. His writing is excellent and I look forward to reading his other books and those he should likely write in the future.
Anonymous 6 months ago
great read
Anonymous 3 months ago
I've lived in San Antonio all my life. My 3xgr-grandmother was born on the Brazos River during the "runaway scrape" This book gives me a new understanding of what my ancestors (and other Texians) went through during this time in history. There are so many books written about Texas and our fight for independence and I've never taken the time to read about it except on the internet. This is a very interesting book...worth reading!