Heritage, Volume 18, Number 1, Winter 2000 Page: 34
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THF Joins Brothers in Saving Good-Douglas Flag
In June 1861 Colonel Elkanah Greer
of Marshall, Texas, was commissioned by
the Confederate government to raise a
regiment of cavalry and a field artillery
J.J. Good of Dallas and J.P. Douglas of
Tyler took on the task of raising the artillery
company, which eventually became
the only Texas field artillery to see action
east of the Mississippi River in the Army
When the Good-Douglas Artillery, a
group of about 50 men from in and around
the Tyler area, marched from that city on
June 10, 1861, a young woman stepped forward
to present the soldiers with a flag.
She was poet Mollie E. Moore (later
Mollie E. Moore Davis), a teenager at the
time. More than 135 years later, members
of her family would repeat her actions and
once again step forward - this time to
honor Mollie and the fighting men of the
Good-Douglas Artillery by providing
funds to restore the unit's battle flag.
The Texas Historical Foundation,
through its Meadows-Seay Preservation
Fund and J.P. Bryan Preservation Trust,
provided funds that paid for half of the
flag's conservation cost. The other half of
the expense was borne by brothers John
Buford Meadows, Henry E. Meadows Jr.,
Thomas O. Meadows, and Robert Read
Meadows. Mollie Moore Davis was the sister
of their great-grandfather, Thomas
Oscar Moore. Davis was also the great aunt
of Sarah Meadows Seay, who along with
her husband Charles, provided the seed
money for the Foundation's Preservation
Fund that was used for the flag conservation
Mollie Moore Davis, who came with
her family from Alabama, began writing
poetry at an early age and by the time that
she was 16 had already seen her work published
in Texas newspapers. She became a
popular Southern writer who produced not
only poetry, but short stories, plays, and a
novel set on the Brazos River in Texas.
According to Austinite John Meadows,
"This flag was significant to our family, so
when we learned that it was one of the
flags from the United Daughters of the
Confederacy collection that had not yet
been conserved, there was no question
that we had to do something. Along with
the Seay family, my brothers and I are all
very proud to know that through this action,
we were able to honor the memory
of not only one of our own ancestors, but
of a very special group of brave, fighting
The Texas Historical Foundation administers
seven preservation funds. -- Gene
HERITAGE * 34 * WINTER 2000
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