Tuesday, April 9, 2013

NC: Restored Confederate flag returns to museum


The 6th Regiment's Battle Flag which was captured at Sailor's Creek, VA, April 6, 1865.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/04/06/3965270/battle-flag-of-bloody-6th-regiment.html#storylink=cpy

RALEIGH: A Confederate battle flag lost in the final months of the Civil War was handed over again Saturday – this time back into the collection of the N.C. Museum of History following a $6,500 restoration.

The flag was carried by the 6th Regiment of North Carolina at the Battle of Sailor’s Creek in Virginia when it was captured by a Union soldier on April 6, 1865. Forty years later, the federal government returned the flag to North Carolina, but it remained hidden in storage because the torn and dirty fabric was not suitable for display, said Jackson Marshall, assistant director of programming at the history museum.

“It’s been 100 years since the public has seen this flag,” Marshall said. “Now it’s cleaned and conserved in a way that will protect it for another 40 or 50 years.”

The museum is short on funds for restoring historic artifacts and must depend on private groups such as the Cedar Fork Rifles Preservation Society, which raised money to restore the 6th Regiment flag, he added. The museum has about 125 battle flags but only about 30 have been cleaned and preserved so they can be made available for display.

More than 100 people from across the state came to the dedication Saturday to see the flag and share stories about the N.C. 6th Regiment, which formed in Charlotte in May 1861 and fought its first major battle two months later in Manassas, Va., also known as the First Battle of Bull Run.

“It was the only North Carolina battalion at that first great battle of the war,” said Rick Walton, a Civil War historian and member the Cedar Fork Rifles Preservation Society.

Known as “the bloody 6th,” the regiment fought constantly during the war and at many famous battle sites in throughout Virginia, Pennsylvania and North Carolina: Yorktown, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, New Bern, Plymouth, Petersburg and others. Starting out with 1,000 members, the ranks were diminished by injuries and deaths after years of fighting. Replacements were brought in whenever possible, Marshall said.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/04/06/3965270/battle-flag-of-bloody-6th-regiment.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/04/06/3965270/battle-flag-of-bloody-6th-regiment.html#storylink=cpy


  1. Brock, since I moved to N.E. Ga., I have had the time to do much research and most of it has been on our true history. I found a book, a school history book published in 1907 by Charles Morris. Looking into and reading this book, I have found that Mr. Morris was commissioned by Congress to write history books for the schools and for the Library of Congress. Mr. Morris lived during the Civil War and was a "Northerner", but the books he wrote tell the true history of not only the war but of the people and events that led up too the War. One of those books is "The Old south and the New", written in 1907 as a school history book. I have a copy of the book, but it along with all of Mr. Morris' books can be found on the following link. It is a site where you can download for free, copies of his books and I have done just that.

    Mr. Morris tells in this book about how life was in the South and how it was the Northern States that put high demands on them to "produce" more to be shipped North. He tells how it was the North that made the South take slaves to work the fields and when the South rebelled, it was the North that pushed the issue of war.

    Here is the link.. enjoy reading about true history..!! Craig Taylor


    1. Thanks man and how times have changed and for the worst.