Monday, March 18, 2013

Bullet-Hole Riddled Flag Tells the Story

From the July 20, 2012, Atlanta Journal-Constitution by Howard Pousner.

The Southern Museum of the Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw, Georgia, will unveil a rare 65th Georgia Infantry flag carried during the Atlanta Campaign which has 41 bullet holes in it and blood stains.

It belonged to the Davis family of Alabama for nearly 150 years  after Private John Davis of the 65th rolled it up and tucked it in his boot to bring it home rather than surrender it at the end of the war.

The unit fought at Resaca, Kennesaw Mountain, Peachtree Creek and Atanta.  After that, it was carried in battle at Franklin, Tennessee.  Davis took the flag after two color bearers were wounded.

Textile Preservation Associates of West Virginia spent 13 months restoring the flag.  It is the only known remaining Army of Tennessee banner that boasts unit and state designations sewn onto both sides and will be added to the museum's permanent exhibit.

A Great Addition.  --Old Secesh

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