Efforts Underway to Restore a Civil War Flag

The North Carolina History Museum helps raise funds to restore a Civil War flag.

A large Civil War re-enactment group made an incredible find they hope to preserve for generations to come. They came across a North Carolina state flag that flew during the Battle of New Bern in 1862 and now hope to restore the old artifact.

The flag is originally of the 33rd Regiment North Carolina Troops and was eventually captured by the Union army on March 14th during the New Bern battle. Now, The Society for the Historical Preservation of the 26th Regiment and North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh work to save the precious Civil War flag. The total cost to restore such an old flag reaches nearly $8,000.

Civil War flag for restoration

During the infamous Battle of New Bern, the 33rd Regiment suffered they greatest hit with 28 wounded men and 32 killed. Their flag was captured and 100 men were also taken prisoner. In an official after-battle action report, Lt. Col. William S. Clark wrote about how the men fought most gallantly and kept up fire for three hours non-stop.

Chief curator Joe Porter said, “We have a very significant and large Civil War flag collection and flags, being a textile, deteriorate over time… The museum created an adopt-a-flag program and various groups of re-enactors in the state of North Carolina adopt a specific flag to have it conserved and receive the most modern of textile conservation treatments.” Each of the group Porter was referring to also help raise money for the restoration projects, each of which range in cost from $7,500 to $10,000.

According to the Museum of History, this old Civil War flag was made of standard wool but lacked any way to attack it to a pole. Also, this isn’t the NC History Museum’s first Civil War artifact. They have helped raise funds for seven other Civil War regiments.

Credit: Sun Journal

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