Friday, October 11, 2013

Finding the Real Old Glory-- Part 1

From the October 2013 Smithsonian Magazine "Glory, Glory" by Sally Jenkins. //// "A tale of fidelity, family feud and argument over ownership is the subject of a new inquiry by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Old Glory, the weather-beaten 17-by 10-foot banner that has long been a primary NMAH artifact, is second only to Francis Scott Key's Star-Spangled Banner as a patriotic symbol, and is the source of the term now applied generically to all American flags." //// "During the Civil War, no flag became a more popular symbol of Union loyalty than the worn and imperiled standard belonging to 19th-century sea captain William Driver, who was originally from Salem, Massachusetts. His defiant flying of it--from his Nashville, Tennessee household during the midst of the conflict--made national news." //// And-I'd Never Heard of This Particular Flag Or Its Story Before. --Old Secesh

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