Wednesday, January 12, 2011

18th NC's Flag Returned Home

From the July 4, 2004 Pilot.

The North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh acquired the battle flag of the 18th North Carolina regiment, the ones responsible for shooting Stonewall Jackson May 2, 1863 at the Battle of Chancellorsville.

The following day, the flag was captured by Federal soldiers when the regiment's color-bearer, Corporal Owen J. Eakins on New Hanover County was killed.

Its existence was unknown until 1992 when the current owner sent a letter to the museum. The flag's post-war history is largely unknown, but apparently there was a succession of owners until Dr. Tom Walsh got it in the early 1970s.

In 1993, it was loaned to the museum where it was conserved and put on exhibit. Dr. Walsh later offered to donate part of the value and the museum found funds to buy the rest.

Good to have It Home. --Old B-R'er

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