They are organizing a new military company in Memphis, to be called "The Defiants." The Avalanche says of them: "Their uniform is to be black homespun, with red plumes. Their banner is black — the arms of the State of Tennessee being inscribed on one side in crimson; on the other side will be represented a right hand grasping an unsheathed sword, with the name of the company — the Defiants — written in red letters above. The whole outfit will be emblematic of death and defiance, and will cost forty dollars."
The Richmond (VA) Daily Dispatch: March 9, 1861.