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Object Name FLAG
Catalog Number 0985.02.00158
Date 1861
Description Pattern: First National flag; cotton flannel, polished cotton, silk.
Stars: Eleven white silk, 5-pointed.
Border: White silk edging on 4 sides; 2 inches white fringe on 3 sides.
Attachment: None remaining.
Unit Designation: None.
Battle Honors: None.
Material textile (cotton, silk)
Dimensions H-41 W-68 inches
Owned T. L. Langford
Owner Regiment 3rd Florida Infantry, Co. G, "Madison Grey Eagles"
Made possibly unidentified women of Madison, Florida, CSA
Provenance Flag of the 3rd Florida Infantry, Co. G, "Madison Grey Eagles". Presented to the unit in 1861 by the Ladies of Madison, Florida upon the company's departure to the West. The flag was later given to the donor by T. L. Langford, original Captain of Company G.

A 7/30/1903 newspaper article from the Madison (Florida) "New Enterprise" states that, on "the afternoon before this company left the State they marched....to the lot where Capt. Dial now resides. Miss Mary Putnam (now Mrs Shaffer) presented this banner," and that William P. Moseley was deputized by the captain to receive the flag in the name of the company, and promised to protect it.

An undated handwritten history of the company that is in the State Archives of Florida provides the following information on the flag: " 'The history of a Confederate flag' which was written by a member of this [Elizabeth Harris] Chapter and was published in several papers and recently read at one of our meetings, has reference to the flag of Company G. It was a gift from our women, and as the soldiers marched away the flag was proudly held aloft and it went with them to the front and thank God! That flag was never allowed to trail, for Company G took active part in many battles...[and] the General in command, who gave them the honor of having these [battle] names inscribed upon their flags, and this flag was sent home from Tullahoma Tenn., by Capt. Langford to have the inscription made, but at that time the War was nearing its end.... During that time [postwar] people were warned that all houses would be searched for disloyal emblems. This flag was sewed up in a featherbed where it lay until those dreadful days were past. Then this flag, this precious flag was sent to RIchmond, to the Confederate Museum to be preserved as a badge of a heroic people. Years have passed since we folded that flag! But it saddens our hearts to say, 'Oh 'tis hard for us to fold it / Hard to think there's none to hold it / For its people's hopes are dead.' "
People unidentified women of Madison, Florida
Langford, T. L.
Moseley, William P.
Putnam, Mary
Shaffer, Mary Putnam, Mrs.
Subjects women
civilians