Battle of Gonzales


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  • When Domingo de Ugartechea the commander of Texas, heard that the American colonists of gonzales refused to give the small cannon that had been given to the settlement 1831 as a defense against the indians.
  • He dispatched Francisco de castaneda and 100 dragoons to retrieve it. The tensions between the Texans Antonio lopez de santa anna centralist goverment.
  • He then instructed Castaneda to use force if necessary but avoid open conflict if possible. The company rode out of San Antonio de Bexar on September 27,1835.
  • When Castanedas troops reached the Guadalupe river opposite Gonzales on September 29 they found their path blocked by high water and eighteen militiamen.
  • In the West side of the river until he returned unable to proceed, Castaneda pitched camp 300 yards from the ford.
  • The Battle of Gonzales was the first military engagement of the Texas Revolution. It was fought near Gonzales, Texas, on October 2, 1835, between rebellious Texian settlers and a detachment of Mexican army soldiers.
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