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2013 Gathering TX


OCTOBER 3RD – 6TH, 2013
2013 Gathering Registration Form.pdf

Buenos días Señoras y Señores,

Gracias, damas y caballeros, for coming to the city that was named for San Antonio de Padua, a canonized Franciscan priest who has been honored for almost a millennium throughout Europe and the Americas.

SAN ANTONIO is the seventh-largest city proper in the United States of America and the second-largest within the state of Texas, with a population of 1.33 million within the city limits. It sits in the middle of Bexar (Bear) County, along the I-35 corridor between Austin and Corpus Christi.


The Texas town of Gonzales is known as the “Lexington of the Texas Revolution” because the shots fired there in October 1835 are considered the beginning of the war for Texas independence from Mexico. (This was the “Come and Take It” confrontation between Gonzales townspeople and a unit of the Mexican cavalry, in which the “Texians” refused to surrender the cannon that the Mexicans had been sent to retrieve.) Independence was finally achieved at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836, after which the Republic of Texas was born. However, there were other battles in the quest for freedom, and the Battle of the Alamo is notable among them. Since you will come to San Antonio and tour the Alamo, it is fitting that you should know about that historic battle. The defenders of the Alamo included 30 men of Scottish ancestry, four of whom were native Scots. One of those was Piper John MacGregor, who stood on the adobe walls in the midst of the battle to pipe the men on in true Scottish tradition.


In December 1835, Ben Milam led Texian and Tejano volunteers against Mexican troops quartered in the city. After five days of house-to-house fighting, they forced General Martín Perfecto de Cós and his soldiers to surrender. The victorious volunteers then occupied the Alamo or Misión San Antonio de Valero, which was already fortified prior to the battle by Cós’ men, and strengthened its defenses.

On February 23, 1836, the arrival of General Antonio López de Santa Anna’s army outside San Antonio nearly caught them by surprise. Undaunted, the Texians and Tejanos prepared to defend the Alamo together. The defenders held out for 13 days against Santa Anna’s army. William B. Travis, the commander of the Alamo, sent forth couriers carrying pleas for help to communities in Texas. On the eighth day of the siege, a band of 32 volunteers from Gonzales arrived, bringing the number of defenders to nearly two hundred.

On February 24, Travis assumed full command when Bowie fell victim to a mysterious malady variously described as “hasty consumption” or “typhoid pneumonia.” As commander, Travis wrote his letter addressed to the “people of Texas & all Americans in the world,” in which he recounted that the fort had “sustained a continual Bombardment and cannonade for 24 hours.” He pledged that he would “never surrender or retreat” and swore “Victory or Death.” The predominant message, however, was an entreaty for help: “I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch.” On March 1, thirty-two troops attached to Lt. George C. Kimbell’s Gonzales ranging company made their way through the enemy cordon and into the Alamo. Travis was grateful for any reinforcements, but knew he needed more. On March 3, he reported to the convention at Washington-on-the-Brazos that he had lost faith in Colonel Fannin. “I look to the colonies alone for aid; unless it arrives soon, I shall have to fight the enemy on his own terms.” He grew increasingly bitter that his fellow Texans seemed deaf to his appeals. In a letter to a friend, Travis revealed his frustration: “If my country-men do not rally to my relief, I am determined to perish in the defense of this place, and my bones shall reproach my country for her neglect.”

As most people know, the Battle of the Alamo came to a tragic end. Texans hold great reverence for the Alamo because men of outstanding valor took a stand that cost them their lives in the heroic quest for Texas independence.

2013 Gathering Registration Form

S’uile Thig! (Y’all Come!)

Host Committee:
Jim & Sandy Monroe Houston, TX
Jim & Susan Barcelo Spring, TX
Carolyn Monroe Kingwood, TX
DeAnn Monroe Steely Huntsville, TX
Vicki Monroe Scoggan Spring, TX
Andy Monroe San Antonio, TX
Steve Monroe Kerrville, TX
Mark Monroe Houston, TX
Jim K. & Debbie Monroe San Antonio, TX
Deborah Munro Ortiz San Antonio, TX


  • Registration Form.pdf
  • Hotel:
    Omni La Mansion del Rio Hotel (on the river)
    P: 210-518-1056
    F: 210-225-783
    Go to to join Select Guest for perks (no cost).

  • Air Transportation: San Antonio International (SAT)
    Terminal A:
    Aeroméxico Connect 1-800-237-6639
    Aeromar 01 (55) 51 33 11 11
    AirTran 1-800-247-8726
    ASA 1-800-221-1212
    Delta 1-800-221-1212
    Frontier 1-800-432-1359
    Interjet 1-866-285-9525
    SkyWest 1-800-221-1212
    Southwest 1-800-435-9792
    United 1-800-241-6522
    US Airways 1-800-428-4322
    VivaAerobus 52 (81) 82 150 150

    Terminal B
    American 1-800-433-7300
    United 1-800-241-6522