The "Twin Sisters" Cannon, 1836-1865
THE "TWIN SISTERS" CANNON, 1836-1865
E. W. WINKLER
Of the objects associated in the popular mind with the Texan
Revolution, the "Twin Sisters" cannon and the Lone Star flag
hold first place. They symbolize in a general way the triumph
of liberty. Both have been talked and written about a good
deal; first, during the exciting period of secession in 1861, and
later, beginning with the revival of interest in the early history
of Texas about 1876. The history and evolution of the Texas
flag have been well told by Mrs. Ad6le B. Looscan in A Compre-
hensive History of Texas (I, 693-99). The whereabouts of the,
"Twin Sisters" is still a favorite subject for speculation.
The Cincinnati Evening Post published a report of a meeting
of the friends of Texas held in that city on November 17, 1835,
from which the following data are obtained. Nicholas Clopper
presided. "Edward Woodruff . . . gave some very interest-
ing reasons upon the propriety of cheering on the Texeans in
their struggle for Liberty. After Mr. Woodruff had closed, there,
were many and repeated calls for Robert T. Lyttle, Esq. ..
Mr. Lyttle offered the following resolutions, prefaced by some-
most thrilling and eloquent appeals in the cause of human lib-
erty. He was repeatedly and enthusiastically cheered by one of
the largest meetings held in our city for some time. The reso--
lutions were unanimously adopted."
Resolved that this meeting cooperate in sentiment and feeling
with the independent citizens of Texas, in their manly efforts
now making in that Territory, by the late citizens of the United
States, in maintaining their rights and resisting the agressions
upon them by an unprincipled usurper.
That as American citizens, we can do no less than encourage
the Spirit of Freedom, wherever or by whatever people it may
That the violation of the natural and conventional rights of
our friends and brethren in Texas is regarded by this meeting
with abhorrence and just indignation, and that they do commend
in this instance the measures of resistance that have been resorted
to and confidently hope and believe that as sons of the United'
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101073/. Accessed May 4, 2015.