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Posted: 1/4/2003 12:29:27 PM EST
The new membership allows me to post a picture below my name. I have chosen the "Gonzales flag" from Texas history. "In late September, 1835, Colonel Ugartechea, the commander of the Mexican garrison at San Antonio, sent a few men to Gonzales to recover a cannon that had been loaned to the town to fight off occasional Indian attacks. The citizens of Gonzales realized that the intent of the move was to disarm possible rebels, and so the request was denied. Ugartechea then sent dragoons under Captain Francisco Castaneda to demand the cannon unconditionally. As word of the conflict spread, the Texan force grew to over 200 armed men and the town was fortified. The cannon was mounted on a wagon, and blacksmiths hammered iron scrap and chains inth the cannonballs. Two ladies of the town, Cynthia Burns and Evaline DeWitt, painted a flag on cotton cloth, depicting the cannon, the lone star of Texas and a clear challenge to the enemy. The Mexican troops moved north to ford the river and approach Gonzales. The Texans decided that they had to attack before Mexican reinforcements arrived. They crossed the river at dusk, formed their battle lines at night and surprised the Mexicans at dawn on October 2nd. The battle that followed was brief; when the Texans opened fire, the Mexicans withdrew, abandoning their supplies. Stephen F. Austin joined the army as commander on October 10th, and the other Texans, under the command of James Collingsworth, took the Goliad the next day. On October 12th, the march on San Antonio began. The flag says it all: "COME AND TAKE IT". You gotta love Texas. Bigger than most countries and with a lot better history.
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Link Posted: 1/4/2003 12:39:20 PM EST
Originally Posted By Old_Painless: You gotta love Texas. Bigger than most countries and with a lot better history.
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And never missing an opportunity to declare how wonderful they are. [:D]
Link Posted: 1/4/2003 12:48:59 PM EST
I once saw a tee-shirt with a German phrase on it. It translated to: "If you got it, flaunt it!" Kinda the same thing. LOL.
Link Posted: 1/4/2003 1:07:20 PM EST
Cool flag, BigBear! Painless, I imagine that flag ought to go over big in Gonzales too. Kind of an updated version, you might say.
Link Posted: 1/4/2003 1:09:45 PM EST
Yep, imcoltsguy, its still our attitude.
Link Posted: 1/4/2003 2:17:01 PM EST
Originally Posted By mattja:
Originally Posted By Old_Painless: You gotta love Texas. Bigger than most countries and with a lot better history.
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And never missing an opportunity to declare how wonderful they are. [:D]
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It ain't bragg'n if it's true! [:)]
Link Posted: 1/4/2003 2:23:19 PM EST
As mentioned on the "hometown" forum: without TN there would be no TX. BTW- You dont have to thank us, we are happy to have lended you boys a hand.
Link Posted: 1/4/2003 2:58:34 PM EST
Originally Posted By DPeacher:
Originally Posted By mattja:
Originally Posted By Old_Painless: You gotta love Texas. Bigger than most countries and with a lot better history.
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And never missing an opportunity to declare how wonderful they are. [:D]
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It ain't bragg'n if it's true! [:)]
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Well, you certainly can't brag about the way your women are treating LT. [:P]
Link Posted: 1/4/2003 4:09:22 PM EST
I like the AR15 version of the Gonzalez flag better myself. More appropriate to our times.
Link Posted: 1/4/2003 4:17:43 PM EST
A real update would have the picture of a 105mm howitzer on it. How many know that in those times that merchants armed their own ships with cannon? If the BATF were around back then, with the laws we have today, they would have been lucky to have been allowed "assault muskets".
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Link Posted: 1/5/2003 1:41:31 PM EST
Thanks, Big_Bear, for the help. It just reminds us that Kalifornia was once California. Oh that it still was.....
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Old Painless....nice touch. As you know, we are making good progress in Texas to keep the revisionists and PC folks from rewriting our history. Big Bear....think we can get Heston to display your flag the next time he speaks....it looks better than his musket. Silence....I will thank you and your fellow Tennessee'ians for assisting us with our war of independence from Mexico....BUT also for NOT letting Gore carry your state in the 2000 election. All would be different if he had.
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