The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960 Page: 513
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The Georgia Battalion in the Texas Revolution
port of embarkation, Joanna Troutman presented them with the
initial Lone Star Flag, which became the official flag of Texas.
From Knoxville, Georgia, the volunteer force made a brief stop
at Columbus, where other recruits were added, and then pro-
ceeded to Mobile, Alabama, where they were entertained at din-
ner and were joined by more recruits.5 They added yet other
recruits at New Orleans, the next stop, where Ward bought sup-
plies and chartered vessels to take the men to Texas.
A news item appeared in the Macon Telegraph of Macon,
Georgia, on January 21, 1836, under the heading "Latest from
Texas," from a New Orleans correspondent, which stated: "On
Sunday, December 2oth, four schooners, the Pennsylvania, Ca-
mancho, America, and Santiago arrived in Velasco, having on
board 220 volunteers in the cause of liberty, from the State of
Colonel James W. Fannin, a native Georgian, who had immi-
grated to Texas in 1834, was elected colonel of the Provisional
Regiment of Volunteers at Goliad on February 7, 1836, and acted
as commander-in-chief of the army from February i2, 1836, to
March 12, 1836. He was largely responsible for the enthusiasm
and the enlistment of the Georgia volunteers, many of whom he
knew personally, and was present at Velasco when they arrived
on December 20, 1835. On December 23, the commissioned and
non-commissioned officers addressed Colonel Fannin in the offi-
cial presentation of their volunteers to him for service in the
Texas Revolution, and Fannin replied to them on Christmas Day,
thanking them for their loyalty to the cause of Texas, and admon-
ishing them to accept discipline if they would be victorious, and
to refrain from politics.
The official organization of the Georgia Battalion did not take
place, nor were the officers elected by popular vote, until the
volunteers reached Refugio on February 14, 1836, by which time
their forces had been augmented by the addition of Captain Isaac
Ticknor's company of Alabama Greys. From Refugio the men
were moved to Goliad, and Captain Amon King's company, re-
cruited mostly from Paducah, Kentucky, was added to the bat-
5Clarence R. Wharton, Dallas News, January 1, 1936.
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