Battle Flag of Texas - Liberty or Death - Goliad - Cotton
This is a 3' x 5' cotton flag, with a canvas header and brass grommets, with 4 rows of sewing on the fly side.
Joanna Troutman was the designer of an early Texas Lone Star flag. In 1835, in response to an appeal for aid to the Texas cause, the Georgia Battalion, commanded by Col. Willam Ward, traveled to Texas. Joanna Troutman designed and made a flag of white silk, bearing a blue, five-pointed star and two inscriptions: "Liberty or Death" on the obverse and, in Latin, "UBI LIBERTAS HABITAT, IBI NOSTRA PATRIA EST" (Where Liberty dwells, there is our fatherland)" on the reverse.
She presented the flag to the battalion, and it was unfurled at Velasco on January 8, 1836, above the American Hotel. It was carried to Goliad, where James W. Fannin, Jr. raised it as the national flag when he heard of the Texas Declaration of Independence. The flag was accidentally torn to shreds, however, and only its remnants flew above the battle.