This Day In Texas History: February 23

Texas Take News Staff

It was on February 23, 1836 in San Antonio, that the siege of the Alamo began. The badly outnumbered Texicans faced nearly impossible odds as General Santa Anna arrived with some 1,800 troops to the Texicans estimated 160 to 280 troops. The battle would last until March 6.

It was also on this date in 1861 that votets ratified an ordinance that would withdraw Texas from the Union. The ordinance had been approved by the Secession Convention on February 1. The secession became official on March 2. Texas was the 7th state to leave the Union.

And finally, on February 23, 1911 Quanah Parker, the last fighting chief of the Comanche in Texas, died from an undiagnosed illness in Oklahoma.

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