A flag that went to prison.
Above the few survivors of the Third Georgia regiment there floated an old battle-flag that has had an unusual experience.
When the regiment was surrendered in 1865, Colonel Claiborne
cut the flag from the staff and hid it inside his shirt.
During his confinement in a northern prison he still kept it, and when he was paroled brought it back to Dixie.
Near this flag were two, of which little remained but a few scraps of faded silk.
These were the flags of Cobb
's Georgia Legion and the First battalion of North Carolina Sharpshooters.
Both of these commands had a fiery baptism, and but few survivors remain to tell the story of their prowess.
The flag of the famous ‘Fighting Thirteenth’ of North Carolina
is so full of bullet-holes that it scarce holds together.
It was carried by the man who bore it the last two years of the war. Another famous North Carolina
flag is that of the Eighth (Colonel Shaw
It was buried at Sugar Loaf, Virginia
, at the close of the war, to save it from capture, and afterwards dug up by the colorser-geant, who has preserved it ever since.