Texas Independence Monument, San Antonio
Next to the Alamo is a substantial statue or monument carved from marble that is a tribute to the defenders of the Alamo. Compared to the silly California Bear Flag revolt, Texas actually fought for and got independence the hard way, for itself. The American government didn't even like the idea of the Texans fighting for independence, and there is some historical debate about just how unfairly treated the Texans were within Mexico. It's pretty clear though that Mexican politics centered in Mexico City, not the frontier of a relative wastland that is Texas. Naturally, the Mexican war that followed ten years later, which inspired Thoreau to write "On Civil Disobedience", did little to support the idea that the USA was freedom loving during this pre-civil war period. The monument has nicely chiseled images of the most important defenders and all defender names are chiseled onto the base. A symbolic figure of independence rises into the sky above the martyred defenders.