Magnolia Rangers – Company B – 1st Brigade of the Texas State Militia Flag
This is a reproduction of the Magnolia Rangers flag and is made of printed, single-ply polyester which is a very lightweight material. The actual dimensions are not the same as the original flag. The artwork is visible on both sides of the flag and the “Magnolia Rangers” lettering reads correctly on one side only. “Instituted Jan 17th, 1861” does not appear on the reverse side of this reproduction.
- One solid piece of printed, hemmed fabric
- Very lightweight, 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: 3′ x 5′
History of the Magnolia Rangers and the Flag
The Magnolia Rangers Cavalry is sometimes referred to as the 1st Texas Cavalry as they were unofficially established by 66 Volunteers from Brazoria and Galveston Counties on January 17th, 1861, and organized by Captain George Durant in League City Texas. South Carolina, which was the first state to secede from the Union had already seceded on December 24th, 1860, however, Texas did not secede until February 23rd, 1861 which was six weeks after the formation of the Magnolia Rangers. So it is likely that the Magnolia Rangers were actually the first Cavalry unit formed in Texas with the intention of joining and fighting for the Confederate States Army. This plan did not work out for Durant and his volunteers because the State of Texas did not authorize the formation of volunteer regiments until the spring of 1861 and the Confederate government recognized the Magnolia Rangers as “State Troops” or more specifically Company B of the 1st Brigade of the Texas State Militia, so they found themselves assigned to “Home Guard” duty providing protection to the citizens of southeast Texas against hostile Indians, Mexican bandits, policing and arresting Union spies and deserters from the Confederate army. The state militia plans did not work out, however, and on August 30th, 1861, the Magnolia Rangers were disbanded. Read more…