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Object Name FLAG
Catalog Number 0985.10.00033
Date post-1865
Description Pattern: Postwar Third National flag; believed cotton.
Stars: Thirteen white cotton, 5-pointed.
Border: None.
Attachment: Sleeve.
Unit Designation: None.
Battle Honors: None.
Material textile (believed cotton)
Dimensions H-36 W-54.5 inches
Made Mrs. Middleton Elliott; Mrs. H. W. Richardson
Event death and burial of Jefferson Davis, 1889
Provenance Postwar flag. Made by Mrs. Middleton Elliott and Mrs. H. W. Richardson for the memorial service of Jefferson Davis in St. Helena's Church, Beaufort, South Carolina. Used in memorial association procession at Gen. Hampton's funeral. Used to cover Gen. Hagood's portrait presented state Jan. 20, 1908 the unveiling in State House, Columbia, SC."

"...The congregation of St. Helena Episcopal Church being composed largely of northern members, some objections were raised byt he pastor and others to the Confederate flag being carried tot he church and forbidden to take into the church. When they reached the church, they were instructed to leave the sacred banner outside the doorway. A stiff breeze blowing and just at the most solemn portion of the services the 'conquered banner' was blown full spreading into the church. The staff caught against the lintel of the door and no more conspicuous and graceful position could have been chosen by the ladies themselves. Mr. Middleton Elliot spent half of the night completing the flagstaff. The little boys wore Confederate gray on this occasion."
People Davis, Jefferson
Elliott, Middleton, Mrs.
Richardson, H. W., Mrs.
Hampton, Wade
Hagood, Johnson
Subjects Burials
women
civilians
Funeral rites & ceremonies