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JEFFERSON DAVIS: FIRST NATIONAL PATTERN CONFEDERATE FLAG THAT FLEW OVER HIS HOME, BEAUVOIR, AFTER THE WAR....

2007 December Civil War Auction #674

 
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Auction Ended On: Dec 1, 2007
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Location: Nashville, TN
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Formerly Owned by Noted Civil War Expert William Albaugh III...
JEFFERSON DAVIS: FIRST NATIONAL PATTERN CONFEDERATE FLAG THAT FLEW OVER HIS HOME, BEAUVOIR, AFTER THE WAR. A post-war "Stars and Bars" flag with fourteen stars on the blue canton. Made of wool, machine sewn, with a canvas lanyard. Written in old ink on the staff side is "Beau Voir 1867-1908". The flag measures 106" x 56". There is minor moth damage to the bottom stripe; otherwise, it is in excellent condition with good strong colors. Mounted into a large walnut museum frame and ready for display.

Beauvoir
, where this flag proudly flew, was the post-war home and library of Confederate President Jefferson Davis at Biloxi, Mississippi. Originally built on 600+ acres in 1848 by a planter from Madison County, James Brown, it was never used as a plantation due to bad soil. It served as the family's coastal home with a "beautiful view" (thus beau voir) of the Gulf of Mexico. Davis rented one of the cottages there to work on his book, The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government. He brought his son there to help with the writing and eventually his wife also moved in and grew to love living on the coast. Davis eventually bought the property and lived there until his death in 1889. He willed Beauvoir to his youngest daughter Winnie and upon her death in 1898, the house reverted to Davis's widow Varina. In 1902, Mrs. Davis sold much of the property to the Mississippi division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans for use as a home for Confederate veterans and widows and as a monument to Jefferson Davis. In 1941, the main house was opened for public tours and eventually, a Confederate museum, a Tomb of the Unknown Confederate Soldier, and a Presidential Library were added. Sadly, the home and contents were seriously damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Restoration is ongoing.

This flag made its way from the SCV in Biloxi to the United Daughters of the Confederacy in Richmond likely for the Jamestown Exposition and the dedication of the Jefferson Davis Monument. They held this flag until noted Civil War collector and author William Albaugh III purchased it from them in 1966. The current consignor purchased the flag shortly thereafter. Included with this lot are several letters of documentation by Albaugh.

This flag has been carefully examined by authoritative in-house experts and has been deemed to be authentic and of the period in every respect including fabric, thread, dye and the method and pattern of construction. Additionally, any accompanying provenance has been verified as unique and indigenous to the specific flag it documents.

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