Gonzales in Gonzales County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
— Texas Heroes Square —
The following year, after the community began to experience political unrest as a result of differences with the Mexican government, the community formed a Committee of Safety and appointed Ponton as a member. As the local leader, he was actively involved in what became known as the Battle of Gonzales, or the "Come and Take It" incident. His reluctance to turn over a cannon to Mexican forces, while the community gathered reinforcements, led to the incident, considered an opening event in the Texas Revolution. Ponton was also responsible for gathering Gonzales soldiers to answer the call by Col. William B. Travis for help in defending the Alamo. The men, known as the Immortal 32, went to aid Texan forces in San Antonio and lost their lives in the 1836 battle.
After the Revolution, Ponton served as the county's Chief Justice and
Ponton died in 1850 and is thought to be buried on a farm north of Hallettsville. A Centennial marker in Gonzales' Masonic Cemetery honors his contributions to the Republic of Texas.
Erected 2004 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3823.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • War, Texas Independence • War, US Civil.
Location. 29° 30.05′ N, 97° 27.182′ W. Marker is in Gonzales, Texas, in Gonzales County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of N. St Joseph Street and St. Lawrence Street. Marker is on the grass in the northeast quadrant of Texas Heroes Park, across N. St. Joseph from the old County Courthouse. It is north of St. Louis Street (TX 146 Spur) and three blocks east of Water Street (US 183). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gonzales TX 78629, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); James W. Robinson (within shouting distance of this marker); Gonzales Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Central Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Military Plaza (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Presbyterian Church (about 400 feet away); Gonzales County Jail (about 400 feet away); Gonzales Cannon Burial Site (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gonzales.
Also see . . . Battle of Gonzatles. "Come and Take It!" (Submitted on October 5, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Texas Heroes Park; Texians; "Birthplace of Texas Freedom"; Pompeo Coppini, sculptor.
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