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Object Name APRON
Catalog Number 0985.13.00699
Date 1861-1865
Description This child's cotton cloth apron has a blue bib with applied white stars, seven five points. The skirt portion of the apron has alternating bars of red and white cotton.
Material Fabric/Cloth/Cotton
Dimensions H-19.5 W-8.25 inches
Owned Martha Booton [Mattie Booton]
Made Martha L. Booton
Provenance This flag apron was made and worn during the war by Martha L. Booton, daughter of Captain John K. Booton of the "Dixie Artillery." This apron was made from remnants of material used to make Confederate flags for the Page County boys, about July 1861 to 1865, age 8 to 12 years. "This flag apron was shook under the nose of Phil Sheridan - and he cursed the wearer. More nerve than the celebrated Barbra F. [Fritchie]."

"The flag apron was worn by my mother and honored with Sheridan's and Banks' curses."

"The flag apron was made from remnants left after making the flags for the Page Co. boys, and worn during the war by my Ma, especially when the Yankees were in town."

"She lived in Luray during the war as a little girl born in 1853. Her father was a soldier and then in the Legislature, and when the Yankees came to town her home was pretty well torn up. She used to wave her little rebel flag apron at the Yankees, several times at Phil Sheridan and Banks. Blinkers Dutch know her. She helped a wounded Rebel soldier to escape through the Yankee lines once dressed as a woman. She witnessed the shooting of some of the town's citizens captured by the Yankees after they were imprisoned in a hog shed for days…. She went with her mother blockade running for drugs several times…. She remembered as a baby the excitement of John Brown's raid….. She often spoke of a boy called 'Dixie' during the war. He was a spy and scout and often stopped at her home. She rode with him several times, helping him to escape and bringing back the horse…."
People Booton, Martha (Mattie)
Grayson, Martha (Mattie) [Mrs. B. F.]
Search Terms flag imagery
Subjects children
Clothing & dress
espionage
girls
Spying