Shared by COL Dietrichs
I spent a good part of yesterday at the Atlanta History Center with Gordon Jones and the most knowledgeable man now living, Greg Biggs, on Confederate flags. Greg spoke to the Atlanta Civil War Round Table a couple of months ago, and I mentioned our flag to him – he was very excited when I offered him the opportunity to observe and photograph it as he knew of its existence, but never seen it.
Gordon, Greg & I very carefully took it out, inspected, photographed and measured it for the first time since about 2010. As Old Guard Historian, I will have a more detailed report on this priceless artifact within the next week or so, but I am including only 3 of the photographs here for you, MAJ Marlowe, to post and send out to the Command, and one more important piece of information – Gordon, Greg & I all agreed for a number of reasons, it makes good sense to essentially leave the flag as it is and mount it securely and archivally in frame and under glass. This will offer the most reasonable cost and guarantee its availability for display when needed in the foreseeable future. Also, Gregg has compiled all information available to him on the flag & its history. This flag was made by the ladies of Atlanta and given to the GCG upon going to War in 1861, whereupon it was captured after the Battle of Corrick’s Ford in what is now West Virginia, thence returned c. 1900 to the Old Guard by the Governor of Georgia. I will include all information available on our flags’ history later in my more complete report.
I would of course recommend we discuss this within the Command once Gordon can get an estimate on the cost for the recommended course of action here. I am sure, also, that the Gate City Guard will be interested in this, too. For the record, this flag does belong legally to the Old Guard.
COL John A. Dietrichs
Old Guard Historian
Old Guard of the Gate City Guard