I know I said last week I was looking for October and slightly cooler temperatures, but can you believe it’s already been a week? We’ve been inside for the bulk of the day, me writing, the Hubs watching the Olympics. He said today he really had a bad case of cabin fever. I guess he’ll have to deal or go outside and melt! <g>
The following are the next installments in the Texas flags portion of facts and trivia.
The descriptions are used in whole or in part from, http://www.tamu.edu/faculty/ccbn/dewitt/indepenflgs.htm. All attempts have been made to give credit where credit is due.
Baker’s Flag of San Felipe. According to the Telegraph and Texas Register, San Felipe, 5 Mar 1836 “….the English Jack showing the origin of Anglo-Americans, thirteen stripes representing that most of the colonists in Texas are from the United States; the Star is Texas, the only state in Mexico retaining the least spark of the light of Liberty; tricolor is Mexican, showing that we onced belonged to the confederacy; the whole flag is historic.”
It was dubbed the San Felipe flag and based on ideas expressed to Gail Borden Jr. by Stephen F. Austin in the enclosure to a letter from New Orleans of 18 Jan 1836: “I shall preach independence all over the US wherever I go–What do you think of the inclosed idea of a flag.” The flag was presented to the company of volunteers commanded by Captain Moseley Baker (John P. Borden, 1st. Lt.) by Gail Borden Jr. in the name of “two ladies” from the area as they marched from San Felipe 29 Feb 1836 for Gonzales. Capt. Baker made a speech to his company in response to the presentation referring to the flag “this banner of independence.” He said “first in your hands is placed the Texas flag; let you be the last to see it strike to the invading foe! Let no other feeling ever glow in your bosom than that expressed in the motto on your banner, ‘Our Country’s Rights or Death.’…..Let us all raise our hands to heaven and swear, ‘The Texas flag shall wave triumphant or we will sleep in death!'”It was claimed to have been flown at San Jacinto by those in Sherman’s division. (Modified from Gilbert, Flags of Texas).
Flag of the New Orleans Greys. Two groups of volunteers from New Orleans joined the Texas resistance to the Mexican centralista dictatorship. Members of the Greys participated in the Siege and Battle of Bexar, the Alamo and Goliad. The bright blue silk banner of the first company with an eagle bearing a banner stating “God and Liberty”is thought to have flown over the Alamo among possibly other flags. It is said to have been retained and transported to Mexico as a symbol of foreign military intervention in the affairs of Mexican Texas. The flag is said to have deteriorated in storage over the years at various locations in Mexico and it is unclear how much of the original still exists versus additions in restoration. Several attempts have been made to obtain the flag for traveling exhibition or even return to a site in Texas or the US. (Image modified from Gilbert, Flags of Texas)
Flag of the Alabama Red Rovers. Like their uniforms, this solid blood red flag was the banner of the Red Rovers, a company of volunteers from Alabama who came to Texas in fall 1835 to aid the Texan forces. The Red Rovers were in large part massacred at Goliad on Palm Sunday, 27 Mar 1836, although some survivors were among them. The Rovers were recruited, supported and commanded by Dr. and Capt. Jack Shacklefordof Courtland, Alabama, who was with them at Goliad. Dr. Shackleford’s life was spared because he was a surgeon.
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