Heritage, Volume 18, Number 1, Winter 2000 Page: 25
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sacrifice, and are the most important legacy
embodying the spirit of the soldier.
In 1861 the State of Texas was declared
a free and independent state, and subsequently
joined the Confederate States of
America. The majority of Texans did not
own slaves and did not enter the war to
defend that practice. They did however,
feel compelled to defend their homes, families,
and their rights as Texans. It was these
flags that tens of thousands of soldiers followed
from the safety of their hometown
into battle. These blood-stained remnants
helped bond a regiment and brought the
soldiers back to reunions; the flags were
emblems of courage that personify the
soldier's homeland and beliefs.
Many of the Confederate soldiers might
have had nothing more to leave behind except
a heritage that is embodied in these
flags. This heritage is so rich in honor and
glory that it far surpasses any material
wealth. It is, after all, the very reminder of
why the Texas soldier ranks among the
greatest and bravest men any war has ever
produced. Furthermore, during the period
of reconciliation, Texas Confederate veterans
were instrumental in the continued
development of state and local governments
as well as institutions of high learning.
The United Daughters of the Confederacy-Texas
Division feel it is an honor to
work on behalf of these brave warriors.
Cynthia Harriman is on the board of directors
of the Texas Historical Foundation and
the Texas and Southwestern Collectors Association,
an advisory board member of the
Grady McWhiney Foundation, and trustee
emeritus of the Texas Confederate Museum,
United Daughters of the Confederacy.
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