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A SOFT SOUTH BREEZE crosses the park and
waves the flags in lazy rhythms from the silver
poles. Water gushes from the massive boulder
and cascades into the waiting pool. What is
this place where the United States, Texas, and
Georgia flags fly side by side near a rugged
fountain? The place is Albany, and the foun-
tain flows, .and the flags fly over the Monu-
ment to the Georgia Battalion.
As Claude Elliott, a noted professor of Texas
One of the first evidences of the interest which
Georgia citizens had in the welfare of the Texas
colonists appeared soon after the arrival of the
news of the skirmish between the Texans and
Mexicans at Gonzales, October, 1835. "The
cries of our fellow countrymen of Texas have
reached us calling for help against the TYRANT
and OPPRESSOR," ran the headlines of the
Macon Messenger of early November, 1835.
"Let all who are disposed to respond to the
cry, in any form, assemble at the courthouse, on
Tuesday evening next, at early candle light."
Many persons in the United States opposed
any intervention into the affairs of its southern
neighbor. Others, including many Georgians,
favored Manifest Destiny, the belief that the
United States was destined to rule all of North
Despite Northern attempts to cool the Texas
cause, the Macon Messenger on November 26,
1835, reported: "Up to today, eighty-two re-
cruits for Texas, all well equipped, have left.
here for Texas." Actually, the enthusiasm for
the Texas cause reached such heights as to in-
terfere with certain industries. The editor of
the Macon Telegraph in the issue of Novem-
ber 26, 1835, had the following statement,
headed Texas Fever: "The Texas fever has
treated us worse than the Cholera! Our office
is completely swept! Journeymen and appren-
tices, men and boys, devils and angels, are all
gone to Texas. If our readers get an empty
sheet or no sheet at all, don't blame us."
Under the command of William Ward, the
Macon volunteers left on November 18, 1835,
planning to join the Columbus company. Dur-
ing this time Johanna Troutman of Knoxville,
had made a white silk banner with a blue lone
star. She gave it to Lieutenant McLeod to
present to the company at Columbus. After-
ward McLeon wrote her:
Colonel Ward brought your handsome and ap-
propriate flag as a present to the Georgia Vol-
unteers in the cause of Texas and Liberty. I was
fearful for the shortness of the time that you
would not be able to finish it as tastefully as
you would wish, but I assure you, without an
emotion of flattery, it is beautiful, and with us
the value is enhanced by the recollection of the
donor. I thank you for the honor of being the
medium of presentation to the company; and, if
they are what every true Georgian ought to be,
your flag will yet wave over fields of victory in
defiance of despotism. I hope the proud day
may soon arrive, and while your star presides
none can doubt of success.
One side of the flag had the words "Liberty
or Death" and on the other Ubi libertas habitat,
The Monument to the Georgia Battalion of the
Texas War for Independence stands in a park
in the center of downtown Albany. All photo-
graphs courtesy of author.
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