Historic pairing of two Texas Revolution–era cannonballs originating from the family of Asa Mitchell, an early settler who participated in the Texas Revolution throughout its entirety. The larger cannonball measures 4″ in diameter and weighs 3 pounds 5.6 ounces, and the smaller cannonball measures 3″ in diameter and weighs 1 pound 7.2 ounces. The cannonballs exhibit general expected pitting and wear. After moving to Texas in 1822 and settling at the mouth of the Brazos River, Asa Mitchell established himself as a successful merchant, farmer, and stock raiser. He joined an early faction of supporters of Texan independence, and was one of the 112 who resisted Mexican oppression in the Battle of Velasco in 1832, the first true military conflict between Mexico and settlers in Texas. He also fought under Sam Houston in the decisive battle of the Texas Revolution in 1836, when the the Texian Army engaged and defeated General Santa Anna’s Mexican forces.
Texas Revolution cannonballs from a San Jacinto fighter