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    Captain Frederick W. Smith 2nd National Confederate - Mosby's Ranger's Flag With Archive Second National Confederate Flag, 31" fly, 17" leading edge, wool bunting, 10.5" x 10.25." The Canton consists of a St. Andrews cross with 13 stars on a white "Stainless banner'" field. The fly has a 1" hoist with three grommets. Intact with slight mothing and soiling as expected. It is professionally framed to an overall 38.5" x 23.5". This flag belonged to Frederick Waugh Smith, son of Confederate General and Virginia Governor "Extra Billy" Smith. The younger Smith, born in 1843, initially served with the 49th Virginia, was wounded at Fredericksburg and served as a lieutenant on his father's staff. On March 13, 1865, Frederick Smith obtained an appointment by President Jefferson Davis to Colonel John S. Mosby's command and served on Mosby's Staff until war's end. Smith brought this flag home with him from Mosby's command and, like many Confederate ex-patriots, after the Confederacy fell, moved to South Africa where he married and resided through the Boer War. The early 20th century found the former Confederate living in Washington, D.C. However, he returned to Cape Town in 1921 and stayed there until his death.

    Included with Smith's flag are various biographical materials and the following personal items:
    Carte de Visite Album, 10" x 6.25", heavily tooled gilt leather covers, contains photographs of Governor "Extra Billy" Smith and his wife.
    Carte de Visite of Confederate Captain Frederick Waugh Smith, Provost Marshal of Mosby's Rangers, Alexander Gardner, Washington, D.C. backmark.

    Authentication: The flag has been authenticated and treated by Textile Preservation Associates and comes with full documentation of its conservation. Fonda Thomsen Textile Preservation Sharpsburg, MD

    Provenance:
    Virginia Governor William Smith (1861 - 1865)
    Captain Frederick Waugh Smith, provost marshal of Mosby's Rangers
    Gov. William "Extra Billy" Smith's family, Johannesburg, South Africa
    Dr John Lynn, Petersburg, Virginia, Old South Antiques
    The Tharpe Collection of American Military History

    Exhibited: The Liberty Heritage Museum, Warrenton, Virginia *****


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    June, 2007
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