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.
Erastus "Deaf" Smith Erastus "Deaf" Smith, born an American (1787-1837), is one of the most remembered revolutionary heroes who fought for Texas’s independence. Being one of the first to join the Texas Republican Army in Gonzalez, his contributions as a spy, scout, and soldier would influence the Battle of Concepcion, the renowned Grass Fight, and the Battle of San Jacinto. He would also be the man who General Houston trusted to confirm the fall of the Alamo.
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
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.
COME AND TAKE IT cannon - Thought to be the cannon that fired the first shot in the battle for Texas Independence from Mexico on October 2, 1835. This spurred the phrase "Come and Take It!", which became a prominent battle cry, along with "Remember the Alamo" in the fight for Texas independence. It is currently housed in the Gonzales Memorial museum, in Gonzales, Texas.
Susanna Dickinson will always be remembered as the sole adult Anglo survivor of the Alamo and the most extensively quoted eyewitness source. On the morning of the assault her husband told her the Mexicans were over the walls and ran out from the chapel where she stayed. She never saw him again. She saw the body of Crockett between the chapel and the barrack building. At some point afterward, it was said she lost her mind and wept for days.
May 24, 1829 - On This Day In Texas History - Future Alamo defender and survivor elopes - Almaron Dickinson eloped with Susanna Wilkerson. He was a native of PA born around 1800. She a native of TN born in 1814. Colonist in Green DeWitt's colony, received a league of land on the San Marcos River, distinguished himself as a Lt. of artillery at the siege of Bexar in the battle of Gonzales in 1835; Captain in charge of artillery at the battle of the Alamo where he died.