General Sam Bell Maxey's

Regimental Flag

In the parlor of the Sam Bell Maxey home and Museum in Paris, Texas there is a large portrait of a flag not commonly seen in the records of Confederate banners. Dora Maxey Lightfoot, daughter of the General, painted this picture sometime after the war and presented it to her father. There is no written accounts concerning the painting or the subject of its beautiful "Stainless Banner" (Second National). Word has been passed down that it was the banner used by Maxey's troops while he was stationed in Indian Territory. It would seem highly unlikely that such an effort would have been taken by the Maxey family to portray a fictional banner that had no historical significance.

The flag features a reversed color - General Richard Taylor design square battle flag in its union set in the white field of the Second National Confederate Flag. Since many of the Trans-Mississippi units adopted and used the Taylor designed flag, there seems no reason why Maxey could not have applied it to the Second National for his own purposes of identifying his troops and to give them a unique rallying standard for battle and parade. After all, Generals Beauregard, Johnston, Bragg, Hardee, Polk, and Taylor had done it, why shouldn't he, being in charge of the Indian Territory.

Read more about Sam Bell Maxey in his biography.

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May 4, 2000