It's the first week in March, 1836. You have just survived a blue Texas winter with little to eat, no coat and just a wool blanket to make the difference between misery and hypothermia. You are one of the lucky ones...you have shoes.
And now gathered around you, so close you've been smelling their breakfast cooking every morning, are 4,000 men daydreaming of putting a bayonet through your gut.
That's what you faced as an Alamo defender. Stuck in a rambling, broken down mission complex that would be indefensible even with a thousand able men. There are less than 200 of you.
You know you are going to die brutally. Your only consolation will be in setting the price of your life to the enemy as high as possible. And that you did.
Nobody would have to tell the Mexican soldados who where there to remember the Alamo. There was no way to erase it from their brains. That brave band of Texian volunteers had struck a bargain for their lives in blood and time.
Their lives cost Santa Anna 600 men. That's the consensus, though some say it was as many as 1500. That's the blood.
The time they bought was for General Houston and the rag-tag army forming at Gonzales. Had Santa Anna been a different man, the Alamo defenders never could've made that deal.
He would have headed for the interior, wiped out that bunch of farmers, lawyers and shopkeepers pretending to be a government and an army, then cleaned up San Antonio on his way home.
But Santa Anna was Santa Anna. The 'Napoleon of the West' had all the time in the world.
And so began the Runaway Scrape. The people of Texas rushing East for safety, the brave, but foolhardy army grumbling for a fight, and Sam Houston with his eye on the Neches.
Yes, the Neches. You can read that story here.
For more on the men who sacrificed their lives at the Alamo, take a look at The Alamo Defenders by Dr. Amelia Williams. She did the original research in the 1920s and nearly every study that has come after is based on her work.