Sunday, July 4, 2010

Collectible Star From Old Glory

The large hand-stitched star on a field of blue was once part of a large 34 Star United States flag that flew during the Civil War. The 34 star pattern was flown from July 4th, 1861 until July 3rd, 1863 when West Virginia was admitted to the Union. While the flag this star and blue fabric came from was in tatters, it measured approximately 10 by 16 feet.

The copy photo above shows a similar sized flag being used as a backdrop prop. The original photograph of an unidentified Union soldier was taken by Cooley, a 10th Army Corps photographer in Beaufort, South Carolina.

Due to damage in the red and white stripes section, the flags stars have become a very special relic. These large barracks flags were used on public buildings, camps, and troop barracks areas. This one came from the West Virginia area. This star is on its original blue fabric and is accompanied at back by a photo of the same damaged flag. Each of these 34 stars are individually numbered.

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