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The San Felipe Flag of 1836

About a week before the fall of the Alamo the Militia of San Felipe elected officers:
Mosely Baker, Captain and John P. Borden, First Lieutenant.

On Monday, February 13, 1836 with the company being ready to march, Gail Borden, Jr., in the names on ten ladies of this jurisdiction, presented the company with a stand of colors accompanied with earnest prayers that under it they might be protected from the merciless invaders of their homes. On behalf of the company, Captain Baker made an eloquent address in which he alluded to the flag as "this banner of independence" and said to the citizen soldiers:

"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 glow in your bosom
than that expressed in the motto on your banner,
'The Texas Flag shall wave triumphant or we will sleep in death'!"

The following description of the flag was given in The Telegraph published at San Felipe on Saturday, March 5, 1836: "The Flag presented to the San Felipe Company was made according to the pattern proposed in the Flag of Texas and Independence. The English Jack showing the origin of the Anglo-Americans; thirteen stripes representing that most of the colonists in Texas are from the United States; the Star (white on a field of green) is Texas; the only state in Mexico showing the least spark of liberty; Tricoln is Mexican showing that we once belonged to the Confederacy; the whole flag is historic.

The names of the ladies making this presentation sadly had not been preserved.

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