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The Goliad Flag (or Dimmit’s Flag) was designed by Phillip Dimmit during the Texas Revolution and is thought, by many historians, to have been the first flag officially raised in support of Texas’s full Independence from Mexico.
It was raised high above the ramparts of the Presidio de la Bahia, in Goliad, TX, on December 20, 1835 upon the signing of the Goliad Declaration of Independence from Mexico.
Featuring a white background with a severed-bloody arm and saber, it is a flag that symbolizes defiance and liberty; much like many other flags of the Texas Revolution. For the citizens of Goliad, this flag is analogous to the famous “Come and Take It” flag of Gonzales, TX.
The origins of the “The Severed Arm and Saber” can be traced back to the middle-ages and was used in various forms; many being used on banners and/or family Coats of Arms.
Capt. William Brown (Texas Revolution) also used a form of the severed arm on a red, white, and blue flag known as “The Brown Flag.” It is uncertain which flag came first, but one certainly influenced the other.
Though not officially corroborated in historical texts, the motto behind the Goliad Flag has been known to Goliad residents and been passed down for generations; “I’d rather cut off my right arm than live under tyranny.”
Just a few months later on Palm Sunday, March 27, 1836, the Presidio de La Bahia and surrounding grounds were the scene of a horrific and infamous massacre; one that would ultimately etch Goliad into the history of the Texas Revolution. The massacre occured after Colonel James Fannin and a large number of Texian troops were captured following several battles and skirmishes around Goliad, Fannin, Coleto, and Refugio. After numerous attempts and appeals by General Jose de Urrea, to avoid following a "no prisoners" decree from the Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, Lt. Colonel Jose Nicolas de la Portilla carried out Santa Anna's orders and executed 342 men, including Fannin himself, almost doubling the number of men killed at the Alamo. At the Battle of San Jacinto (the battle that ended the Texas Revolution), Texian troops yelled "Remember The Alamo! Remember Goliad!"
More information about the Goliad Flag, as well as the Goliad Massacre, can be found by clicking the links below.