Thursday, November 21, 2013

Gregg Dimmick and The "Come and Take It" Cannon - November 21, 2013

You're invited to the Houston Archeological Society: Please join our friends at the Houston Archeological Society as guest speaker Dr. Gregg Dimmick discusses Archeology in the archives: Digging for Facts About the "Come and Take It" Cannon A small cannon in Gonzales effectively ushered in the Texas Revolution on October 2, 1835 as Mexican dragoons tried to take it from the citizens of the town. Afterward, the cannon's fate is disputed. Was it buried and rediscovered in 1936, or was it seized by Mexican troops after the battle of the Alamo? Was there only one cannon? Dr. Gregg Dimmick will discuss his new research about the whereabouts of the Come and Take it Cannon at the Thursday, November 21, meeting of the Houston Archeological Society. Athough the skirmish had little military significance, it marked a clear break between the colonists and the Mexican government and is considered to have been the start of the Texas Revolution. And the question of what happened to the Come and Take It Cannon remains a mystery to this day. Dr. Gregg Dimmick will share his recent research in archives on both sides of the border to answer that question. Dr. Dimmick is a pediatrician with the South Texas Medical Clinics in Wharton, and author of Sea of Mud: The Retreat of the Mexican Army after San Jacinto, An Archeological Investigation, as well as the editor of General Vicente Filisola's Analysis of Jose Urrea's Military Diary: A Forgotten 1838 Publication by an Eyewitness to the Texas Revolution, translated by John Wheat. An "avocational" archeologist, Dr. Dimmick is a member of the Houston Archeological Society and the Texas State Historical Association. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the San Jacinto Battleground Conservancy and the Wharton County Museum. When THURSDAY NOVEMBER 21, 2013 7 pm Where UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS M. D. ANDERSON HALL Houston, Texas FREE OF CHARGE, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC