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Texas Civil War Flags one day display in Sherman

September 17, 2011

11th Texas Cavalry

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In 1861 Men from north Texas came together outside Sherman, Texas at Camp Reeves to form the 11th Texas Cavalry.  Women from Gainesville and Sherman created a flag for their men to follow.  The women from each city agreed to construct one side of the flag.  The design was to be a white banner with a circle of 10 stars with a single large star in the center.  One side would be red stars and the other side blue stars.   This white field would have bars of blue, red, white and then blue again.   Seamstresses met to join the 2 sides as the men of the 11th Texas Cavalry were preparing to depart Camp Reeves.  In their haste to complete the flag for the men it was discovered one of the blue stars had been lost and only 9 blue stars sewn on.  A search located the missing star, however not enough time remained for the stars to be removed and correctly arranged.  The 10th blue star was sewn on in the right lower corner producing a very unique one of a kind flag.
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This flag is owned by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.  It was on a one day loan from the UDC's Texas Civil War Museum in Ft. Worth.   The flag, made of silk, has a mesh cloth covering to arrest deterioration and is encased in protective glass.  September 17th 2011 was the first time the flag had returned to Sherman in 150 years.  Working with the ladies from the UDC local Sons of Confederate Veterans camps were asked to provide a guard detail for the display.  Men from Colonel Reeves 11th Texas Cavalry Camp 349, Lee-Bourland Camp 1848, and Captain Bob Lee Camp 2198 participated.  It was our honor to assist the UDC in this event.   The ladies of Gainesville and Sherman 150 years ago came together to give their own small contribution to the war effort without realizing their creation then is a beautiful piece of art and history today.

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