I'm American by birth and Texan by the grace of God (and proud of it). My
favorite Texas flag is from the Battle of Gonzales:
In today's vernacular, it would read "Come and get you some of
From the Lone Star
Battle of Gonzales
(2 October 1835)
Differences between Texas and Mexico progressed from the
talking stage to the shooting stage at The Battle of Gonzales, generally
considered to be the first battle of the Texas Revolution.
Leading up to the conflict, the Mexican authorities sent a force of about 100
men to repossess a cannon that had been provided the residents of Gonzales for
defense against Indians. In response to the Mexican force, the Texans, under
Colonels John H. Moore and J. W. E. Wallace, loaded the cannon with scrap iron,
aimed at the Mexicans, and fired the shot that began the revolution.
After a short fight, the Mexicans retreated, with one casualty, against no
loss on the side of the Texans.
The battle flag used by the Texans at the Battle of Gonzales gained
considerable recognition as the "Come and Take It" flag. On a white
banner was a picture of the old cannon, painted in black. The flag acquired its
name from the words "come and take it" printed below the cannon.