Although The United States could not officially aid or assist the Texas Rebels in their struggles against Generalisimo Santa Anna, many Volunteers flocked to Texas to help. One such Unit was The New Orleans (Louisiana) Grays. Composed of ex-Army Soldiers and Non-Commissioned Officers, several hundred of such marched to Texas. Professional soldiers, they were “given” Cadet Gray uniforms and arms by The US. This Units made it's way to The Alamo Mission and fell (to a man), with Colonel Travis, Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and the rest of the defenders of the Spanish Mission. They were forbidden to us The US National Flag. Local New Orleans women made this flag for their use. A silk (white) field, it featured a Federal “War Eagle” in the center with The Units name. However, they could not use the phrase “NEW ORLEANS” or “LOUISIANA” on the colors. Instead the phrase “TEXAS VOLUNTEERS” was substituted.