20th Texas Infantry Cotton Flag
Heavy, sewn cotton, Twentieth Regiment Texas Volunteers flag. The flag of the 20th Texas Infantry Volunteers was one of the most decorated and ornate battle flags of any Confederate infantry, artillery or cavalry unit, with its rich gold lettering and ornamental scroll work. Modeled after the 1st National Confederate flag, the words “20th Regiment Texas Volunteers” and “Our Homes and Our Rights” were added to the flag to make it unique to the 20th Texas.
History of the Twentieth Regiment Texas Volunteers Flag
The original 20th Texas Infantry Regiment flag still exists today and is in the possession of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Texas Division. The actual size of the original flag is 53” x 92” and was made of silk. The 20th Texas flag was unusual among Texas Civil War Flags in that it was commercially made by Rice, Baulard and Co. in Galveston, as is evidenced by the barely visible lettering “Rice and Baulard Ptrs” on one of the lower scrolled lines on the original flag. Another interesting fact about the flag, is that it was originally made for Nichols 9th Infantry Regiment as is evidenced by the partial lettering of the word “Nichols” that can be seen under the “20” on the original flag. Nichols Regiment was organized during the late summer of 1861 as a six month command that served in the Department of Texas at Galveston and was mustered out of service in March of 1862. The 20th Texas was formed during the early summer of 1862 under the command of Colonel Henry M. Elmore. Quite a number of these men had served in the 9th Texas (Nichols regiment). Most of the men of the 20th were from Waller, Montgomery, Austin, Kaufman, Galveston, and Walker Counties and was largely made up of wealthy, middle-aged men. The 20th Texas was assigned to the Trans-Mississippi Department and was responsible for defending the Texas gulf coast from the Sabine River to Galveston. Although they did not see action outside of Texas, the 20th Texas played an important role in the Confederate recapture of Galveston during the battle of Galveston in January of 1863 for which their actions were commended by CSA president Jefferson Davis.
This flag is a 3×5 reproduction that closely resembles the original design and does not depict the “Rice and Baulard Ptrs” or the partial “Nichols” lettering that can be seen on the original flag.
Cotton flags feature a very heavy, luxurious look and feel. They are commonly used indoors because of their old world, hand crafted appearance but can also be flown outside, although they are not very durable or fade resistant with prolonged exposure to the outdoor elements. Cotton flags are also suitable for tea staining and/or framing and hanging indoors.
- Heavy, soft cotton fabric
- Sewn panels and embroidered lettering and details
- Heavy canvas header with brass grommets
- Flag size 3′ x 5′