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What was life like 176 years ago when Alamo heroes were fighting to the death for independence? The San Antonio Living History Association brings it all to life on the doorsteps of the Alamo - or at least, in Alamo Plaza. Tents and tables of period toys, flintlock arms, authentic costumes, period spinning, and black powder cartridge-making triggered imaginations. Historically attired members of SALHA happily provided detailed answers to questions about the people and places that set the stage for the pre-dawn attack that ended the lives of the Alamo defenders. Firing musket volleys and posing for pictures, these reenactors brought it home for bus loads of children, curious tourists, and proud San Antonians. On Tuesday, SALHA raffled off a British Tower Land Pattern musket. Ed Lunderman, SALHA vice president, assured onlookers that the musket, used between 1728 and 1820 and valued at $600, was the real McCoy, and would come in handy shooting possums and woodchucks. A gentleman from New Braunfels was the lucky winner.