From the Annals of Masonry – In 1836, Texian soldier Lewis Ayers was captured by forces under the command of Mexican General Jose de Urrea. Ayers in action under Captain Amon King engaging Urrea’s rear guard when he was captured with 32 other soldiers. The prisoners were ordered to be executed as rebels. One of Urrea officers, Colonel J.J. Holzinger intervened to spare the German prisoners. Ayers was not German but was included in the group to be spared. Legend has it that he was later released after giving a Masonic sign that Gen. Urrea recognized.
Image of Gen. Urrea from tshaonline.org.