This was the only Confederate flag that circumnavigated the globe and waved on every ocean except the Antarctic.
It was carried at the peak of the Shenandoah in the most wonderful cruise that the world has ever known and was hauled down in Liverpool on the morning of November 6, 1865, six months after the war was over.
That gallant naval officer, William Conway Whittle, who has made this most valuable contribution to Southern history, was born in Norfolk, Va., in 1840.
In 1854 he entered the United States Naval Academy, from which he was graduated in 1858 and was ordered to the flagship of the Gulf squadron, at Key West.
In part of 1858, 1859 and 1860 he served on the frigate Roanoke and sloop-of-war Preble in the Carribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico.
In December, 1860, he was ordered to Annapolis for examination, and upon passing was promoted to passed midshipman and sailing master, respectively.
Upon the secession of Virginia he resigned and tendered his servi