Thursday, September 20, 2012

Flags and Bell Returning to North Carolina

From the Aug. 15, 2011, Worcester (Mass) Telegram & Gazette "Worcester sending Civil War artifacts south" by Bill Fortier.

The Worcester GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Board of Trustees voted to return three captured Confederate flags from the Battle of New Bern, March 14, 1862, to the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, NC.

In addition, the 50 pound, cast iron ship's bell of the CSS Albemarle is being sent to the Port O' Plymouth Museum in Plymouth, NC.

One of the flags is a 36-inch by 66-inch one with the words Freedom and Victory on it.

Two of the flags were captured by the Union's 21st and 25th Divisions.

The flags were presented to Worcester Mayor P. Emory Aldrich by Major Matthew McCafferty on April 21, 1862, at a huge gathering at Mechanic's Hall.

Twenty Massachusetts soldiers were killed in the four-hour battle and another 55 wounded.

A Mighty Nice Thing to Do.  Thanks Worcester.  --Old Secesh

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