The flag in the photo shows the San Jacinto Liberty Flag, which was the topic of the San Jacinto Day Luncheon recently observed by the local Heart of Texas Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Shown on the left is Nancy Evridge who had just described the flag to her grandchildren, Victoria and Dylan Evridge, who are both members of the Children of the Republic of Texas (CRT). Holding the flag on the right is Shelly Perkins who had earlier presented the program during the luncheon.
This flag was the only recorded flag that was carried into battle at San Jacinto by standard bearer, Captain James Austin Sylvester. The streamers attached to the woman’s sword proclaim, “Liberty or Death”. Partially visible at the top of the standard is a lady’s long white glove which had been attached by Captain Sylvester. The glove had been given to him by his sweetheart, “for good luck,” before he departed with the Kentucky Rifle Company which traveled to Texas to aid the Texans in battle. That same Captain Sylvester was the officer who would capture General Santa Anna on April 22, 1836, the day after the Battle of San Jacinto.
Restored in 1925 by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the original flag is currently protected under glass and hangs behind the Speaker’s Desk in the House of Representatives at the Capitol in Austin, Texas. Upon completion of its preservation, the flag was displayed at the inauguration of Governor Miriam “Ma” Ferguson. It is the only known battle flag from the Texas Revolution that has survived for over 150 years.
This replica of the San Jacinto Flag may be seen in the court room of the McCulloch County Court House. Other flags in the display include the Gonzales Flag, also known as the “Come and Take It” Flag as well as flags of the volunteers from other states. They are available for presentations by members of the DRT by calling any member of the DRT or by email addressed to the chapter at: firstname.lastname@example.org.