At the confluence of the Guadalupe and San Marcos rivers, Gonzales, at the westernmost point of Anglo-American settlement in Texas as a province of Mexico, became a center of much of the Texas revolutionary activity. On October 2, 1835, Texans led by Colonel John H. Moore resisted Mexican dragoons sent to retrieve the town cannon. Challenging the Mexican soldiers to "Come and Take It," the Texans rallied around the gun and fought the Battle of Gonzales. In this engagement, the Texans killed some of the Mexican soldiers and pursued them as they retreated in this first skirmish of the Texas Revolution. The following February, the Gonzales Ranging Company of Mounted Volunteers rode to the aid of William Travis' command during the battle of the Alamo, where the thirty-two men of Gonzales perished on March 6, 1836. A special plaque at the Alamo commemorates their sacrifice. Special events today include the annual "Come-and-Take-It-Days," which observe Gonzales' legacy as the "Lexington of Texas."
Dikes Family Cemetery
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Record added: Aug 12, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 11699
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