Post by Allen Wiener on Nov 27, 2007 21:26:02 GMT -5
Welcome Paul! Boy, have you come to the right place. This site ought to feed your addiction indefinitely. I'm sure Mark's book is going to give all of us the best look at the 1836 Alamo possible. Hope you get a chance to visit San Antonio and spend some time walking the grounds.
“I knew, even as a boy, that to love this world one must keep one’s distance” -- Bishop Daisy - "King of Hearts"
Where are my manners?? A warm Colorado welcome to both Holly and Paul. We have a great bunch of people here and I'm happy to see that you have joined us. Don't be shy about asking questions or sharing your insight.
Craig Robert Covner here; captivated at 4, hooked by 8, seriously engaged at 17 and continually researching ever since. The Alamo has been the single most dominant influence on my life. It has directly or indirectly brought me everything I treasure in my world – my best friends, my wife, my work; and study of it has taught me lessons in logic and philosophy I wouldn’t have otherwise absorbed. I have many other interests and avocations, but somehow, someway, however tenuously, they all link back to San Antonio de Valero.
My main area of study has been the physical appearance of Valero through its varied past and trying to make sense of the highly confusing and seemingly contradictory pictorial and descriptive evidence available. Finding lost, unknown, or unidentified historical material and bringing it to light has been most rewarding, though years can go by without a major (or minor) discovery to share. Art and illustration of the Alamo, stones and bones may hold the most interest for me, but now and then I’ve been goaded into arguing a case of “who died where or how?,” or “why did this happen?;” but I’d rather first set the stage upon which these dramas were played out as accurately as possible; then we might know a little better what the actors could or could not have done on that stage.
In the past I’ve been a musician (like some other members I note!), an architectural/engineering model maker, a graphic artist/illustrator, and an art director of computer graphics for computer-based training. Currently I’m working with a partner in restoring a B-17 Flying Fortress fuselage (that had been used as a prop in “Twelve O’clock High” and other films and TV shows) as a touring museum exhibit.
Glad to have a place to read and see fruits of serious study on the Alamo, and a venue in which to share a piece or two of the same now and then…
Welcome Craig....."rubbing elbows" with some of the nation's top Alamo authorities makes us all a little smarter, if only through osmosis. Having you here (finally) raises this forum's already high bar a good bit higher.
Last Edit: Dec 11, 2007 19:57:16 GMT -5 by marklemon
My name is Gregg Dimmick. I was directed to the forum by Bruce Moses. I happen to be a pediatrician but that has nothing to do with my passion for Texas History. My areas of interest are the Mexican army and archeology of the Texas Revolution. I am honored to say that you all have mentioned my book, Sea of Mud in your discussions. I also notice that you have posted that a new book is coming out (it was supposed to be in November but now it will be mid to late January). The book was written by Filisola in 1838 and has never been translated. Our title is "General Vicente Filisola's Analysis of Jose Urre'a Military Diary". John Wheat translated the book and I edited it. It does not discuss the Alamo but will still hold a great interest for anyone with an interest in Texas History. As for my archeology side, I have had the pleasure of excavating the Sea of Mud and I have been able to help with archeology at the Fannin Battlesite. We are currently helping Dr. Roger Moore with his excavations at the San Jacinto Battlefield. I am trying to stay on Bruce's good side so that I can help with an Alamo project someday and I will have pretty much worked at all the major sites of the Texas Revolution. I have a great interest in the Mexican army. I am compiling a list of all the Mexican soldiers names that I find in the various sources. I note their rank, position and any details I have on them, as well as the source in which the information is given. I feel that after all the research I have done I am fairly knowledgable about the Mexican army movements, units, arms etc. but I would add that we are learning new information almost daily. If any of you come across original documents that give more details on the Mexican army (especially names of enlisted men) I would love a heads up. I hope that I can add a little to this great forum. In my first glances, I am very impressed at the information given.
Gregg, welcome. I thoroughly enjoyed your "Sea of Mud" for all it's revelations, but one thing that it did for me, is it finally persuasively pushed me off the fence and convinced me of the authenticity of DLP. I've been looking for your new book every trip to the Barnes and Noble, but I'll wait more patiently , now.