In September of 1861 Texas companies that had been sent to the Army of Northern Viriginia were organized into regiments. The 5th Texas Infantry Regiment had a local contractor make their flag, the Confederate flag with a single Lone Star rather than the ring of stars used in the Confederate national flag.
The flag was held in 1862 during a parade of the Texas Brigade where the Chaplain made note of it, saying: "I saw one flag, in which were many holes, made by the bullets of the enemy. I watched it until it had gone some distance past. For it was a matter of great interest to me, to see an object upon which the history of the recent battles was so plainly and truthfully written. From the manly step of the Ensign, one could easily see that he was proud of his colors. It was a 'Lone Star' flag, and belonged to the 5th, and, after the parade, I learned that it had been pierced forty-seven times, and seven ensigns had fallen under it."