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    Col. Elmer Ellsworth: Marshall House Relics. Two swatches of the Confederate flag torn from the roof of the Marshall House, one red, one white, each approximately 1.25" x .5". The weave and color of the cloth are entirely consistent with material (bunting) used at the time to construct flags. Included as well is a 3/8" x 1/8" swatch of finely-woven crimson fabric identified as a piece of Ellsworth's shirt. This is consistent with the regiment's Zouave style uniforms with red shirts and red trim on the jacket and stripe on the pants. These swatches are clippings from larger pieces and are accompanied by a photocopy of the two paper tags with period identification which states: "Col. Ellsworth, his trophy and a piece of his Shirt" and "Pieces of the Secession Flag taken by him, and a piece of the robe shirt at the time of his death."

    Originally from the collection of Norm Flayderman, a world renowned Civil War collectibles author and dealer since 1952. Relics associated with Ellsworth's death became prized souvenirs. The Smithsonian and Bates College's Special Collections Library also have pieces of the Confederate flag that Ellsworth was removing when he was shot. In 1894, Francis Brownell's widow was offering to sell small pieces of the flag. The New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center in Saratoga Springs has most of the flag and Ellsworth's uniform, which shows the hole from the fatal shot. Accompanied by a signed statement from auction house Alexander Autographs detailing this provenance.


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    September, 2016
    17th Saturday
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