"Lee at the Alamo"  
Author Harry Turtledove
Reprinted No
Collected No
Illustrator John Jude Palencar
Genre(s) Alternate History
Publication date September 7, 2011

"Lee at the Alamo" is a short story by Harry Turtledove. It was published online at on September 7, 2011. It is a work of alternate history, with the point of divergence in December 1860, when General David E. Twiggs is unable to take command of the Department of Texas, leaving Lt. Colonel Robert E. Lee as the commander. The story itself is set in February 1861, just after Texas has voted to join the Confederate States, through March 1861. Lt. Colonel Lee concludes that it is his duty to defend Union Army munitions and property in San Antonio, Texas, including the fabled Alamo, rather than allow their surrender to the seceding Texas government, as Twiggs did in OTL.

While Lee is forced to surrender to Benjamin McCulloch after several weeks of siege, he becomes a national hero. When Virginia does secede as it did in OTL, President Abraham Lincoln is able to convince Lee to stay in the Union's service by agreeing to send him west, where he will not be fighting against his fellow Virginians.


The story was nominated for a Sidewise Award in 2012.

This is the second time that Turtledove has used Robert E. Lee as a point of view character in an alternate history work. The first time was in The Guns of the South.