Howdy and welcome! Love the artwork. Though I haven't read as much into the Texas Revolution as the ACW, originally from San Antonio, I have always loved the story of the Alamo and visited many, many times while growing up there.
Hello from Michigan. I am sure you know that several of the members of the 54th were recruited in Detroit. I have often wondered if members of the Liberty Guard, a black pre war militia company in Detroit, provided some of the Detroit members of the 54th. We do have some gave sorted of the 54th here in Michigan.
Funny that you ask. I have illustrated The Alamo from A to Z , Davy Crockett from A to Z , and The Texas Nutcracker for Pelican Publishing Company. All of which are available on www.pelicanpub.com or www.amazon.com
I am also available for commission if anyone is interested!
Hello Polloco. It is called the Cenotaph, which means empty tomb. The Texas General Land Office wants to repair it and add additional missing names (as the number of defenders increased with research since the monument went up in the 1930s). The plan is to move the Cenotaph from the center of Alamo Plaza to the front of the Menger Hotel. Not a significant distance. The idea is to bring focus to the Alamo's original layout and open the grounds to further interpretation. With the shutting down of Alamo Plaza to vehicular traffic and creating a major port of entry for tourists on the south end of the plaza, The Alamo Cenotaph will become one of the first things people see before they enter the grounds. Right now, you can hardly see the Cenotaph as it is surrounded by trees. The Alamo's Master Plan will bring much needed reverence to the site.
Surrounded by trees, indeed! I had a hard time even seeing it when we were there in September. And more visibility lends itself to more protection from being defaced...and all the other indignities visited upon it in its present location (it's dark as heck down there at night!)
I suppose to be fair I should also post a picture of myself as a Mexican, here as an officer along with a young soldado who came with his father all the way from California and Enrique Saldana who played Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna in Alamo - The Price of Freedom.