It was the first week of December, 1835.
That's when the Texians went into San Antonio with old Ben Milam and took the town from General Cos and his Mexican army.
In 1870, Dr. George Cupples related the events of this week to the Alamo Literary Society as follows:
"Early on the morning of the 5th of December, 1835, Col. Ben Milam attacked the city; Samuel A. Maverick as guide, with Milam at the head of the right division, moving down Soledad street to the LaGarza House.
Johnson, commanding the left, marched down Acequia street to the same point, with Deaf Smith for guide. The cannon posted at the corner of the Main Plaza swept these streets.
To procure water, our troops took the Veramendi House by digging a trench of five feet in depth across the street during the night of the 5th, and so going back and forth with heads bent to avoid the grapeshot.
Of the seven hundred volunteers under Burleson at the "Old Mill' above town, only two hundred fifty were under Milam. Others joined them two days later, but the greater number had gone home or to Goliad, where a force was then gathering to move against Matamoras.
On the 7th, Milam was killed in the yard of the Veramendi House, being shot through the head; and by his side stood Mr. Maverick.
On the 10th, the Mexicans ran up the white flag of surrender. The Texan troops had fought incessantly night and day, and had taken all the square block of buildings fronting the north side of the Main Plaza, by digging through the walls of the houses from one to another.
Where the Plaza House now stands there lived the priest, Padre Garza. From this house the Texans made a charge and took and spiked the guns, the fire of which had been concentrated on that building and was fast crumbling it down.
In this charge Col. Ward lost a leg, and the young Carolinian, Bonham, an eye. The Mexican gunners fled or were cut to pieces. This was on the morning of the 10th, and was followed by the capitulation of Gen. Cos, who was permitted to retire with his troops across the Rio Grande."
That's how San Antonio came into Texian hands and set the stage for the Siege and Battle of the Alamo.