FILE - This undated file image provided by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission shows a portion of the "victory or death" letter penned 177 years ago by William Barret Travis, the head of ... more 
FILE - This undated file image provided by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission shows a portion of the "victory or death" letter penned 177 years ago by William Barret Travis, the head of the outnumbered Texas forces while under bombardment by Mexican government troops. The State Library and Archives Commission voted Wednesday to allow the fragile, fading letter to be displayed at the Alamo for the anniversary of the two-week battle that ended on March 6, 1836. The commission originally decided against the loan but later reconsidered. (AP Photo/Texas State Library and Archives Commission, File) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Texas State Library and Archives Commission, File
Wed, Oct 24, 2012 9:27 PM EDT