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    Fragments of the Fort Sumter Flag Presented by Abner Doubleday to General George Cadwalader

    Incredibly Important Historic Fragment of the Fort Sumter Flag Presented by Captain Abner Doubleday to General George Cadwalader. Attractively framed and matted under glass to an overall size of 20" x 16". Includes a 3" x 3" fragment of red wool bunting and a similar size fragment of white wool bunting, mounted to a 3.5" x 8" backing. A small 2" x 1" contemporary paper label captioned by hand: "Fort Sumter Flag / Presented by / Capt. Doubleday / To Genl Cadwalader / To Col. Gray / To W. W. Long" is affixed to the top of the board. The flag remnants are mounted with copies of engraved illustrations featuring a portrait of Doubleday and of Fort Sumter to form an attractive tableau. Captain Doubleday was second in command at Ft. Sumter and aimed the cannon that fired the first shot in response to the Confederate bombardment on April 12, 1861. During the attack, the flag fell and was put back up Lt. Norman J. Hall at great personal risk. The flag was lowered by Major Robert Anderson on April 14, 1861 when he surrendered the fort. Anderson brought the flag to New York for an April 20, 1861 patriotic rally, where it was flown from the equestrian statue of George Washington. It was said more than 100,000 people thronged Manhattan's Union Square in what was, by some accounts, the largest public gathering in the country up to that time. The flag was then taken from town to town, city to city throughout the North, where it was frequently "auctioned" to raise funds for the war effort. Any patriotic citizen who won the flag at auction was expected to immediately donate it back to the nation, and it would promptly be taken to the next rally to repeat its fundraising magic. The flag was a widely known patriotic symbol for the North during the war. On April 14, 1865, four years to the day after the surrender and as part of a celebration of the Union victory, Anderson (by then a major general), raised the flag in triumph over the battered remains of the fort. Symbolically, these fragments are powerful and tangible representations of the genesis of a war that accounted for the loss of over 600,000 soldiers.

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    December, 2014
    12th Friday
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