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Texas General Land Office
News Release
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Cmr. George P. Bush: Exciting
discoveries made during Alamo cannon restoration

Two cannons used in the 1836 Battle of the Alamo returned with new discoveries about their origins

SAN ANTONIO - Tuesday the Alamo welcomed the return of two historic cannons used during the 1836 Siege and Battle of the Alamo back to the Alamo grounds. The battle cannons revealed some surprising secrets during their conservation at the Texas A&M Conservation Research Lab in College Station, Texas. The cannons were sent to the lab in October as part of a larger effort to preserve all seven of the Alamo's existing 1836 battle cannons, and returned with several exciting new discoveries about their origins.

"In October, we shared our commitment to ensuring long-term, extensive preservation and conservation plans for the Alamo's historic buildings and artifacts," said Texas General Land Office Commissioner George P. Bush. "The 1836 battle cannons are among Texas' most treasured artifacts, and we are ensuring they receive the care and honor they deserve. Fortunately, in doing this preservation work, we were able to discover more about the cannon's history than we knew before. We can't wait to share those exciting discoveries with all visitors and Texans."

Those discoveries include finding previously unknown 3 and 5 pound cannonballs which may have been loaded during the battle on March 6, 1836 but never fired.

Video and sound from the cannons' return to the Alamo may be downloaded in high resolution for television broadcast or lower resolution for social media:

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All seven of the known Alamo battle cannons will be restored during this process. The cannon restoration is part of the much larger Alamo restoration Commissioner Bush launched in 2015. This project aims to protect and preserve the Alamo Church and Long Barrack, restore reverence to the Alamo battlefield by recapturing it from the streets and plaza, and build the visitors center and museum the Alamo deserves but does not have, to display the amazing Phil Collins artifact collection - all to bring 1836 to life every day at the Shrine of Texas Liberty.

History lovers can contribute to the cannon preservation project by visiting GoFundMe.com/AlamoBattleCannon. More information about the cannon unveiling and other upcoming events can be found at TheAlamo.org, or on social media @OfficialAlamo. For more information about preservation and restoration efforts ongoing at the Alamo, visit SaveTheAlamo.com.




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