In March 1831, the Mexican Army loaned a small cannon to the colony of San Antonio. It was then transported to Gonzales, Texas. At the minor skirmish known as the Battle of Gonzales—the first battle of the Texas Revolution against Mexico—a small group of Texans successfully resisted the Mexican forces who had orders to seize their cannon. As a symbol of defiance, the Texans had fashioned a flag with a black star and an image of the cannon which they had received from Mexican officials.
George W. Davis - immortalized as one of the original 18 freedom fighters that stood off a force of 120 soldiers in the Mexican army, in the incident that became known as the "Come-And-Take-It" canon incident in Gonzales,Texas. Of these 18 men, five later died in the Alamo. Others, including Davis participated in one or more subsequent confrontations with the Mexican centralist army. Davis had several relatives who were in the relief force that died in the Alamo.
Andrew Jackson Sowell - Alamo Defender Survivor. He moved with his family from Tennessee to Missouri and then settled in Gonzales Texas, in 1829. During the Texas Revolution he took part in the battles of Gonzales, Concepción and the Grass Fight. He served in the garrison of the Alamo, but shortly before the final battle he and others were ordered out to obtain supplies. They were delayed in Gonzales buying cattle and other supplies and did not return to the Alamo before its fall.
I just really want to see Legolas and Thranduil do this in the next Hobbit, even if it's not really a very grown up Elf thing for the latter to do. I also want to see him come out very much ahead of his son.