4th Texas Infantry Regiment 4×4 Battle Flag

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Hood’s Brigade 4th Texas Infantry 4’x4′ ANV Style Square Battle Flag

The 4th Texas was one of three Texas infantry Regiments (the 1st, 4th, and 5th) that mainly made up the famed “Hood’s Texas Brigade” which was formed in Richmond in 1861 and named after General John Bell Hood. The 4th Texas Infantry regiment was assembled in Richmond Virginia from 10 companies of 1187 men who had traveled 2000 miles east from Texas to join the conflict. This particular flag design was the first battle flag carried by the 4th Texas and was presented to them in November of 1861, in the name of Lula Wigfall, who was the 15-year-old daughter of the regiment’s 1st Colonel, Louis T Wigfall. It was said to have been made by the colonel’s wife, Charlotte using the material from her wedding dress. This may or may not be the case, but the larger center star which was meant to represent Texas, was likely made from the material of a bridal gown. The colors of the flag were according to Confederate standards. The background was red, with a yellow border around the edges. The white stars on the blue Saint Andrew’s Cross were thirteen in number while the center star was twice the size of the other twelve. This battle flag was carried by the 4th Texas through Eltham’s Landing, Gaines’ Mill, Freeman’s Ford, Second Manassas, Turner’s Gap, and Sharpsburg. A total of nine color bearers were shot down carrying this battle flag during its time of service. The flag was retired on October 7th, 1862, because of the heavy damage from sixty-five bullet holes and three shells during the aforementioned battles. The retired flag was taken back to Austin Texas and deposited in the state archives. After the war ended, the battle flag was taken from the archives and wrapped in oilcloth, then buried on the banks of Barton’s Creek which is near Austin. This prevented it from being taken by the Union forces who were in Austin the next day. The flag was buried there for six years. On June 27th, 1861, which was the ninth anniversary of the battle of Gaines’ Mill, the flag was resurrected by a few survivors of Company B, who had gathered to observe the anniversary. The flag was then entrusted to the custody of Val C. Giles, who was a member of Company B of the 4th Texas. Shortly after the turn of the century, the flag was presented to the United Daughters of the Confederacy UDC, and placed in their museum in Austin. The 4th Texas fought the entire war attached to Hood’s Texas Brigade alongside the 1st and 5th Texas infantries starting with the Battle of Eltham’s Landing through Appomattox. They saw heavy action throughout the Peninsula Campaign, Second Bull Run, and Antietam, where they suffered their heaviest losses while fighting in the “corn field”. They also sustained heavy losses at Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg. General Longstreet’s Corps (to which Hood’s Texas Brigade was assigned) was sent to the western theatre where they joined General Braxton Bragg and the Army of Tennessee and fought in the battles of Chickamauga and Wauhatchie before returning to Virginia and rejoining General Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Hood’s Texas Brigade continued to serve and fight in all of the major battles in the eastern theatre including the Wilderness, Cold Harbor, and St. Petersburg just to name a few. When General Lee surrendered at Appomattox, the 4th Texas had only 15 officers and 143 enlisted men fit for duty. During the entire course of the war, 1343 men served in the 4th Texas Infantry Regiment. 256 were killed, 486 were wounded (some more than once), 162 were captured, 161 died of disease, 251 were discharged for illness, and 51 deserted.

This is a reproduction of the 4th Texas Infantry battle flag. The actual dimensions and materials are not the same as the original flag. The artwork is visible on both sides.

  • One solid piece of printed, hemmed fabric
  • Lightweight, 100-denier polyester that will fly nicely in the slightest breeze.
  • Bright colors
  • 4 rows of stitching on the fly end to prevent premature fraying
  • Reinforced header with brass grommets
  • Flag size: 4′ x 4′

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Weight 5 oz