C.W. Raines to McArdle, May 27, 1905
Prof H. A. McArdle
San Antonio Tex
Yours of the 14th inst to hand.
Thanks for your letter giving names of the persons dis-
cribing the Sherman or San Jacinto flag to you.
Will you please now answer this question. Did you ever
see & examine the San Jacinto flag while in possession of
the Sherman or at any time previous to its material decay
or ruin as it is now was when returned to the State
in 1876. If so please describe the flag as it then appeared to you.
It occurs to me that you had the flag accessible to your studio
while painting it in your Battle of San Jacinto Am I right in
this? A correct description of the flag of the Texans at
San Jacinto is an exciting question just now precipitated
by the Educational Department in one of its authorized
questions on Texas history. And I would like to have
the matter settled beyond dispute for all time. To this
end I will have filed away [in] the archives of history
in this Department your letter of the 14th inst as well
as your reply to my personal letter.
I am free to say that your description of the San Jacinto
flag is almost conclusive from the appearance of the flag in
its ruins at this time. But I will write you again on receiving
As to your authority for representing Travis with a Star
as in some kind of uniform, I disclaim any disposition to seriously
challenge. If I ever impressed you to the contrary, it must
have been in a spirit of humor to elicit your reasons.
I may have said many things in friendly discussions of
your art which I would not repeat to others. Let this
suffice — I am a friend to you personally & I esteem you
highly as an artist[,] not recognizing your equal in
Texas. Expecting an early reply I am
C. W. Raines
C.W. Raines to McArdle, May 27, 1905, The Battle of San Jacinto Notebook, The McArdle Notebooks, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.