Explore historic battles and military events that had a lasting impact on the people and cultures of the world. Important sieges of the ancient and modern world are included, and their impact on subsequent regional or world history is discussed. The series reflects an international approach, including sieges from North America, Russia, and the Near and Far East. From February 23 to March 6, 1836, a gallant band of 187 revolutionaries faced a Mexican army of nearly 5,000 men. Though these men lost their lives in the struggle, the old Spanish mission and church known as the Alamo became a symbol of courage and sacrifice for honor.