Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Finding the Real "Old Glory"-- Part 11; Who Has the Real Flag?
Continued from October 22nd. After William Driver's death, this is when the family feud began. His niece, Harriet Ruth Waters Cooke, a Salem-born socialite claimed to have inherited it. She presented her flag to the Essex Institute of Salem, now the Peabody Essex Museum. //// One has to wonder why Driver would have given "Old Glory" to a niece in faraway Massachusetts, unless he was worried about his pro-Confederate family in Nashville. //// However, the Nashville-born daughter of Driver, Mary Jane Roland came up with the history of the flag her father had given her and published it in 1918. In 1922, she presented her "Old Glory" to President Warren G. Harding, who, in turn, delivered it to the Smithsonian. //// So, Whose "Old Glory" is Real? --Old Secesh