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    Confederate Eight Star (Virginia) 1st National Flag with Fascinating History, with Analysis by Fonda Thomsen. Consigned to Heritage directly from a chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. 34" on the hoist and 54" on the fly. The flag and canton are composed of a single layer of red, white, and blue fine wool challis. The five pointed stars, measuring an average of 4" point to point are constructed of white cotton, arranged in a circle of seven with the eighth star in the center. The flag no longer exhibits a hoist, which appears to have been torn rather than cut, off, and there is no evidence of its method of attachment.

    The canton measures 22 3/4" on the leading edge and 21" along the fly and is seamed into bars. The top red bar is 11 3/8" high and 33" long. The middle red bar is 10 3/4" high and 33" long and the bottom red bar runs the entire length of the fly and is 11 1/4" high and 54" long. The stars are inserted into the flag exposing 4" on the obverse and 3 1/4" on the reverse. the bars are joined to each other and the canton by 1/8" wide flat fell seams. The flag is very finely hand stitched throughout and is in excellent sound condition, exhibiting a number of small holes on the fly that appear to be insect damage and some minor scattered soiling. The flag appears to have been stored out of the light as there is very little evidence of fading.

    The lightweight wool challis, combined with the expert construction suggests it was fabricated by a military contractor for military use.

    The history of the flag as supplied by the D.A.R. and contained in a notarized affidavit is as follows: The flag was part of a collection of Civil War memorabilia donated to the society in 1900 by Frances Chester White Hartley. Her husband, Marcellus Hartley was one of the founders of the firm of Schuyler, Hartley and Graham. Hartley was given the title of Brigadier General during the Civil War and it is the society's belief, based on information originally supplied by Mrs. Hartley, that the flag was given to her husband by General Grant. Mr. Hartley was also close personal friends with Gen. George B. McClellan and Gen. Randolph B. Marcy.

    A beautiful, early war, Confederate 1st National flag, doubtless associated with Virginia, the eighth state to secede, and accompanied by a fascinating history of ownership.

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    June, 2012
    9th Saturday
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