History museum gets noted Civil War flag

Posted June 18, 2008
Updated July 2, 2008

— The North Carolina Museum of History has acquired a Confederate battle flag associated with a major turning point of the Civil War – the death of Lt. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson.

The flag was carried by the 18th Regiment North Carolina Troops, which was responsible for the accidental shooting of the Confederate general at Chancellorsville, Va., on May 2, 1863. Severely injured by gunfire, Jackson died a week later of pneumonia.

The regiment's battle flag was captured by Union soldiers during the battle, and the Museum of History never knew of its existence until 1992, when the flag's eventual owner sent museum officials a letter.

Tom Walsh, a New Jersey college professor, loaned the historic banner to the museum in 1993, and it was conserved and appeared in a previous exhibit. Recently, Walsh offered to donate a partial value of the flag to the museum, and the museum purchased the remaining value last month.

The flag is on view in A Call to Arms: North Carolina Military History Gallery.

“The acquisition of this important Civil War artifact is one of the greatest highlights of my 30-year career with the museum,” Tom Belton, curator of military history, said in a statement.

The flag acquisition is in anticipation of the Civil War Sesquicentennial Celebration, which will take place from 2011 to 2015. The celebration, sponsored by the state Office of Archives and History, will commemorate the war’s 150th anniversary and feature events and activities.


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  • doubletrouble Jul 4, 2008

    Rich man's war, and a poor man's fight. However, it's a piece of NC history, and many a Tarheel, probably an ancestor of me and you, fought or died under it's colors. Most of my local ancestors fought with Company A, 14th NC Reg. The 14th, which had members from Halifax, Onslow, Anson, Cleveland, Wake, Cumberland, Northampton, Stanly, and Davidson counties..and organized in Garysburg, NC.

  • Redd Jun 19, 2008

    I'd love to, I just have to make sure I'm packing some steel!

  • Hip-Shot Jun 19, 2008

    Just out of curiousity, why isn't "States Rights" ever mentioned whenever a discussion regarding the Civil War and its causes, results, and artifacts/relics ever brought up? I was always taught that "States Rights" was the primary cause for the War.

  • nbforrest Jun 19, 2008

    Next time you see someone wearing a Confederate flag, you slap em and set em straight.

  • rogerkneebend Jun 18, 2008

    It's history.

  • Redd Jun 18, 2008

    Who wants to look at that evil thing!!!

  • Jun 18, 2008

    Why no picture of the flag?

    It's a rhetorical question.