03 October 2008

Flags of our Great-Grandfathers

Ok, so this is a spin on Flag Friday. Here is a collection of Civil War flags at the Fort Pulaski visitor center. This is an awesome display that was not here when I was here before. Above is the headquarters flag of Mercer's Brigade, Army of Tennessee. The men of Company B Oglethorpe Light Infantry surrendered with Fort Pulaski and were exchanged late in 1862. They fought under this flag until the end of the war.

This is the flag of the 1st Georgia Regulars. It actually has the Confederate Stars and Bars flag on the back. The 1st Georgia fought with the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Tennessee. Begining the war with 367 men, only 45 survived.
The flag of the Savannah Cadets, which was organized in 1861 but saw little action during the war. Another flag of the Savannah Cadets, but the soldier's helmet and rifles depicted indicate this banner was made after 1873.
This is a very rare political banner from Savannah. On December 26, 1860 a torch light rally was held in Johnson Square to show support for the secession of South Carolina. The banner was created and signed by the local artist Firmin Cerveau.
The classic Don't Tread on Me design, this one used in Savannah on December 26, 1860 to show seupport for South Carolina.

This beautiful flag design did not have a sign to say what it was, but it has January19, 1861 on the bottom, the day Georgia left the Union.
The only Union flag of the bunch, this 36 star US flag was non-standard because of the white stripe on top and bottom and was probably homemade.
This classic Rebel Battle Flag was originally believed by its donor to be from Company A of the Oglethorpe Light Infantry. However the flag is now believed to have been the battle flag of the 1st Georgia Regulars while they were part of the Army of Northern Virginia. The battle names painted on the flag match the period of time that they were attached. After December 1862, the 1st Georgia was returned to the state to refill its ranks.

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