Matamoras fort lesser-known Alamo

Texas could have had two Alamos, the famous 13-day siege at San Antonio de Bexar in 1836, and the lesser-known siege a decade later of a star-shaped earthen fort built in the Rio Grande Valley across from Matamoras.  
In both events, a numerically superior Mexican army equipped with heavy artillery laid siege to a smaller, primarily American force determined to hold a fortified position.
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