Description: Historical Note: This thimble was used by Joanna Troutman to make the Lone Star flag presented by her to Ward's Georgia battalion. Joanna Troutman, called the Lady of Goliad, was 17 years old when she made the Texas Lone Star flag from her silk skirts. In 1835, 150 middle Georgia soldiers marched to Texas to assist in the fight against Mexico. When they passed through Knoxville, Joanna presented the flag to Colonel William Ward on the steps of the Troutman Inn, later known as the Harris Hotel. The flag flew during the battle of Goliad and later was recognized as Texas' official flag. The flag was made of white silk and featured a blue, five-pointed star along with two inscriptions: Texas and Liberty on the obverse and, in Latin on the reverse: Where Liberty dwells there is my country. Joanna Troutman was born on February 19, 1818, the daughter of Hiram Baldwin Troutman. She married S. L. Pope in 1839, and the couple moved to Elmwood, their prosperous plantation near Knoxville, Georgia, in 1840. They had four sons. Her husband died in 1872, and Joanna married William Green Vinson, a Georgia state legislator, in 1875. She died on July 23, 1879, at Elmwood Plantation and was buried next to her first husband. In 1913 Texas governor Oscar B. Colquitt secured permission to have her remains taken to Texas for interment. She is buried in Austin, Texas, next to a bronze figure of herself, sculpted by Pompeo Coppini.
Citation information: ATF0380, Artifacts collection. Archives and Information Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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Size or duration: 0.25 in diameter and 0.25 in height