In early January 1831, Green DeWitt wrote to Ramón Músquiz, the top political official of Bexar, and requested armament for defense of the colony of Gonzales. This request was granted by delivery of a small used cannon. The small bronze cannon was received by the colony and signed for on March 10, 1831, by James Tumlinson, Jr. At the minor skirmish known as the Battle of Gonzales—the first battle of the Texas Revolution against Mexico—a small group of Texians successfully resisted the Mexican forces who had orders from Col. Domingo de Ugartechea to seize their cannon. As a symbol of defiance, the Texans had fashioned a flag containing the phrase “come and take it” along with a black star and an image of the cannon.
This was the flag the Texans chose as they boldly declared independence from Mexico, refusing to swear allegiance to the new dictator Santa Ana. Under it they fought the legendary battle of the Alamo, where Colonel Travis and his 182 Texan fighters fended off the Santa Ana’s Army for 11 days before being captured and slain. This flag was also flown in the war that followed, where an inflamed Texan force rallied under the battle cry “Remember the Alamo” and dealt a devastating blow to the Mexican Army, winning their freedom and a place in history. The flag is based on the Mexican flag, lacking the central logo and replacing it with the year the original constitution of Mexico was drafted, reminding them of what they had originally agreed to and what lead to the separation(the repealing of this constitution.)