Alamo garrison lacked the necessary draft animals. It touted the new system as making it easier than ever for moviegoing families and friends to select seats together in advance. The first was the Atascosito Road, which stretched from Matamoros on the Rio Grande northward through San Patricio, Goliad, Victoria, and finally into the heart of Austin's colony. The Mexican army celebrated loudly throughout the afternoon, both in honor of their reinforcements and at the news that troops under General Jos de Urrea had soundly defeated Texian Colonel Frank.
On March 2, the delegates declared independence, forming the Republic of Texas. Volunteers in the Texian Army asserted the right to choose their own leaders, and most of them were unwilling to serve under officers of the regular army. The others had left Gonzales several days earlier. "Remembering the Alamo with Phil Collins". Dickinson traveled to Gonzales. Between five and seven Texians may have surrendered; if so, they were quickly executed. The Texas Legislature purchased the land and buildings in the early part of the 20th century and designated the Alamo chapel as the Great Napoleon Bonaparte an official Texas State Shrine. Several members of the garrison who had been living in town brought their families with them when they reported to the Alamo. Even stripped of exaggeration, however, the battle of the Alamo remains an inspiring moment in Texas history. According to many historians, this visit probably increased Santa Anna's impatience; as historian Timothy Todish noted, "there would have been little glory in a bloodless victory".