The "Immortal 32" refers to a group of thirty-two Texian Militia members from the Gonzales Ranging Company, led by George Kimble. These individuals are renowned for their valiant efforts to reinforce the besieged Texian defenders at the Alamo during the Texas Revolution. Despite being fully aware of the almost certain fatal outcome, they courageously responded to Travis’ appeal for aid.
Under the cover of darkness on March 1, 1836, the Immortal 32 stealthily slipped through Santa Anna's lines and entered the Alamo. However, due to a misunderstanding, the Texian defenders initially mistook them for Mexican soldiers and fired shots. After a brief exchange, the defenders realized their mistake and allowed the Immortal 32 to enter the fort.
The Immortal 32's arrival marked the sole relief force that managed to reach the Alamo before the final assault. This raised the Texian forces' number to 213, pitted against approximately 3,100 Mexican soldiers under Santa Anna's command. The Mexican forces had raised a "no quarter" flag, signifying their intent to offer no mercy to the defenders.
Travis, the Texan commander, famously drew a line in the sand with his sword and asked his fellow defenders to cross it, thereby pledging their commitment to fight and, in all likelihood, to die for the cause within the Alamo's walls.
The climactic Battle of the Alamo commenced on March 6, 1836, at 5:30 am. Within an hour, by 6:30 am, the battle had concluded. The Mexican soldiers systematically inspected the corpses, brutally bayoneting any signs of life. Tragically, all 213 defenders, including the Immortal 32, were killed. Their bodies were stacked and set ablaze.
This group of Texian reinforcements, the Immortal 32, earned their moniker due to their unwavering determination and valor in the face of imminent death. Their legacy stands as a testament to the indomitable spirit of those who selflessly answered the call to defend their ideals and homeland, even when the odds were overwhelmingly against them. Their memory continues to be honored in Texas history for their resolute courage and sacrifice.