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On February 24, 1836, Lt. Col. William B. Travis, the commander of the besieged garrison in the Alamo, dispatched a messenger to Gonzales with the following urgent appeal:
"To the people of Texas and all Americans in the world - fellow citizens and compatriots. I am besieged... I have sustained a continual bombardment and cannonade for 24 hours and have not lost a man. The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword. I have answered the demand with cannon shot, and our flag still waves proudly from the walls. I shall never surrender or retreat. Then, I call upon you in the name of liberty, of patriotism and everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid with all dispatch. The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily and will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible and die like a soldier who never forgets what is due his own honor and that of his country. Victory or Death."
Information taken from "The Texas Revolution: A Day-by-Day Account" by Bob Boyd.
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Texas A&M had its ‘Rudy’ moment. With less than a minute left in the fourth quarter, redshirt sophomore Nick Starkel handed the ball redshirt senior and 12th Man Cullen Gillaspia who ran it in to the end zone from 13 yards out to score the first and final touchdown of his career. Following the win, Gillaspia said it was a one of a kind experience. "[There's] nothing like it," Gillasipa said. "The offensive line opened up some great holes for me. It was there I didn't have to do too much. Finally getting to cross that goal line, was a really cool deal." Gillaspia is the only 12th Man to score a touchdown in school history. "Not necessarily to me, but to all the great 12s that have come before me for the original Jackie Sherrill 12th Man team to all the way to now [and] what it has become. It's a huge honor to get to wear that number and I'm glad I got it for my self but at the end of the day its for the student body." With the touchdown, the Aggies capped off a 52-13 victory over NC State to win the 2018 Gator Bowl Monday night in Jacksonville, Florida. The tradition of the 12th Man was born in 1922 when the Aggies were facing Centre College in the Dixie Classic. With several players out due to injury, E. King Gil – who was in the press box helping identify players — was called to the sidelines by then-A&M head coach Dana X. Bible. According to the legend — and the Aggie Traditions website maintained by the university — Bible asked Gil to suit up and stand on the sidelines. With the bench completely empty, Gil stood on the sidelines waiting to be called into the game. Although Gil’s name was never called to go into the game, his story became one of A&M’s greatest and most recognizable traditions. Now, the student body stands at A&M games a representation of the Aggie Spirit Gil embodied on that day.
On the football team, a walk-on football player is named the 12th Man. The player has the honor of wearing the No. 12 jersey and representing the thousands of students in the stands.
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