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Object Name FLAGSTAFF
Catalog Number 0985.03.00252
Date 1861
Description Cross-section of tree trunk, now dried and broken into five pieces.
Material wood
Provenance "A section of the original Confederate flag pole erected early in the spring of 1861 by the people of Blakely, Georgia, and which has been sacredly kept standing on the public square to this day…. The pole was cut on the land of... Peter Howard, by Isaac Layton and was raised by him and Thomas Williams. It has been twice necessary to remove the staff, and this block was cut from the ground section. On every Memorial Day the people have sadly run up the old 'Conquered Banner' but never would allow the Stars and Stripes to take its place until the Union was restored by the election of Cleveland in 1884. Then the people came together at the foot of the flag-staff, buried a new hatchet at its base, and with ringing speeches dedicated the old pole, decorated with the Stars and Stripes, to the service of a united country….. Blakely, Ga., September 8th, 1906."
People Howard, Peter
Layton, Isaac
Williams, Thomas
Search Terms Memorial Day
Subjects Flagpoles
Secession