This monument is located in front of the Old Crawford County Courthouse on US Highway 80 in Knoxville, Georgia.
In 1835, in response to an appeal for aid to the Texas cause, the Georgia Battalion, commanded by Col. William Ward, traveled to Texas. Joanna Troutman designed and made a flag of white silk, bearing a blue, five-pointed star and two inscriptions: "Texas and Liberty" on the obverse and, in Latin, "Where Liberty dwells there is my country" on the reverse. She presented the flag to the battalion,
Note: for information about Georgians who went to Texas: http://www.tamu.edu/ccbn/dewitt/goliadgeorgia.htm
She born on February 19, 1818 (daughter of Hiram Baldwin Troutman) and 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 W. G. Vinson,[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.
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