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    Confederate Texas State "Lone Star" Cavalry Guidon This rare "Lone Star" pattern state flag was "captured" (confiscated) at Milam, Texas by Union occupation forces from the 48th Ohio Battalion, which had been formed in 1865 from the consolidated regiments of the 48th, 83rd, and 114th Ohio Infantry who were stationed in Texas under the command of General Sheridan. General Custer was also stationed in Texas in command of the Cavalry, and some of his men could have participated in the capture of this Cavalry flag. This is one of only five known and verified Confederate Texas State flags of the 1839 "Lone Star" pattern of Texas Independence fame. The flag was discovered in a Grand Army of the Republic collection in Findlay, Ohio. It is among the rarest Confederate flags in existence.

    This flag is swallowtail in configuration, measuring 11 1/2" from the staff to the cut of the swallowtail. The field follows the directive of the state's 1839 flag design and is composed of a dark blue polished cotton vertical bar 6 1/8" wide, bearing a single white cotton, five-pointed star, 4 1/14" across its points, along the hoist, and two horizontal bars of wool bunting, white over red, for the balance of the field. The three exterior edges are finished with remnants of a gold metallic fringe, 1 3/4" deep, while the hoist edge is composed of a 1" wide twill weave cotton canvas heading, pierced at each end with a hand-sewn button hole eyelet.

    Letters of authenticity and research from renowned Civil War flag expert and author Howard Michael Madaus.

    Note: The flag is of a size that could also be used as a lance pennon, and, since several Texas Cavalry units were armed with the lance in 1861, this is a possible usage of this rare flag.

    Provenance: The Crow Art Partnership Collection.

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    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
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