In March 1831, the Mexican Army loaned a small cannon to the colony of San Antonio. It was then transported to Gonzales, Texas. At the minor skirmish known as the Battle of Gonzales—the first battle of the Texas Revolution against Mexico—a small group of Texans successfully resisted the Mexican forces who had orders to seize their cannon. As a symbol of defiance, the Texans had fashioned a flag with a black star and an image of the cannon which they had received from Mexican officials.
As part of the disarmament of Texians the military authorities in San Antonio requested the return of a cannon which had been "loaned" to the DeWitt Colonists in 1831 for protection "Texas shot and it was heard round the world."
Creed Taylor, During the Texas Revolution, Taylor participated in the Battle of Gonzales, the "Grass Fight", the Battle of Conception, the Storming of Béxar and the Battle of San Jacinto, but that was not the end of his fighting days. He took part in the Battle of Plum Creek, fighting against the Comanches in 1840 and fought the Indians in several other battles as a Texas Ranger under Captain Jack Hayes. Read story here
George W. Davis - immortalized as one of the original 18 freedom fighters that stood off a force of 120 soldiers in the Mexican army, in the incident that became known as the "Come-And-Take-It" canon incident in Gonzales,Texas. Of these 18 men, five later died in the Alamo. Others, including Davis participated in one or more subsequent confrontations with the Mexican centralist army. Davis had several relatives who were in the relief force that died in the Alamo.
Texas Independence Trail Region brings new dimension to lessons in Texas history. Here, Presidio La Bahia hosts a reenactment of the Goliad Massacre each March. The Gonzales Memorial Museum chronicles the Battle of Gonzales and its role in the Texas Revolution. (Photo by J. Griffis Smith)