Alamo to display 'Victory or Death' letter

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Visitors to the Alamo late this winter will get a rare glimpse of the "Victory or Death" letter penned by the head of the outnumbered Texas forces while under bombardment by Mexican government troops.

The State Library and Archives Commission voted Wednesday to allow the fragile, fading letter to be displayed at the Alamo for the anniversary of the two-week battle that ended on March 6, 1836.

The commission previously rejected the San Antonio museum's request to display the letter, citing concerns over its safety. Time and light have made the paper delicate and hard to read, and it is kept in a dark vault in Austin.

Col. William Barret Travis wrote in his letter that he answered the Mexican general's demand to surrender with cannon shot.

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