C.W. Raines to McArdle, May 10, 1905
Prof H. A. McArdle
San Antonio Tex
I see in your great painting
of the battle of San Jacinto that the flag of the Texans represents
the Goddess of Liberty on a blue back ground with a yellow
fringe. Did you get your idea from the Sherman flag before
it was so far decayed as it has been for several years?
And did you have any description written or printed to help your
conception? If so, please write me with citation of document used.
The reason of [for] this inquiry is that Mrs. [Adele] Looscan in ____ [?] Compre-
hensive History vol 1 page 693 makes the background of the Texas flag
white with a very diminutive figure of the Goddess in the foreground
& with yellow fringe around it. I have always accepted your
painting as being true & based on proper testimony, but I
would like to have from you your reasons for represent-
ing the flag as being blue with the fringe around it.
I will now write to Mrs. Looscan at Houston to get her rea-
sons for representing the flag as white.
The present appearance of the flag in its ruin rather tends
to bear you out in you description as there is much blue
on very dark silk still apparent in its present decay; whereas
Mrs. Looscans flag has no blue or dark silk about it.
Awaiting your reply with interest I am as ever
C. W. Raines
C.W. Raines to McArdle, May 10, 1905, The Battle of San Jacinto Notebook, The McArdle Notebooks, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.