When I was young and in 4H club, I learned how to fold our
properly and the rules for flying the flag. On my trumpet I played Reveille
while the flag was raised and Taps when it was lowered. Fond memories! The , which our children
attended, presently teaches the children all about our flag and they learn the
songs we learned as children, e.g., My Country Tis of Thee. When I used to play
the game Where in the World is Carmen San Diego, you had to know the flags of
all the countries. From all these experiences, I have a love for flags and I
was delighted to see so many flags in the various forts and museums we visited
this past week. Castleton Elementary School
We saw a lot of flags at the National Civil War Naval Museum in
but I was most fascinated with the ones at . Fort Sumter, Charleston, SC
I’ll explain a little about the photos here. People are not allowed to take any flash pictures up close of any textiles. I took a lot of these from a distance and some are display boards.
Below is a replica of the 33-star US flag that flew over
on April 12-13, 1861 but had been battered by winds. The real flag is encased in a tube at the museum. Fort Sumter
It, along with another smaller (10' x 20') garrison flag (above), had been carried by Major Robert Anderson from
to Sumter when
he secretly moved his garrison. We don’t know how he managed to do it. I
couldn’t even capture it by camera it’s so big (20’ by 36’). Each star represents a state in the Union. After the battle, Abe could have made a decision
to remove the stars of the seceded states, but he followed thru on his goal of
unity and did not. Even though Kansas was
admitted to the Union in January of 1861, its
star wasn’t added until Independence Day of that year. After Anderson surrendered to Beauregard April 14,
1861, Anderson took both flags with him to NYC. In 1954 the flags were transferred to the NPS.
The 35-star US flag (above) was first raised over
on February 18, 1865, when the Confederates were forced to evacuate. This made
a loud statement that the Fort Sumter Union was in control
of the fort. On April 14, 1865 (4 years after the original raising), the 33-star flag was once again raised above
the rubble of the fort.
There were five different flags of the Confederacy. One of the flags looked like a surrender flag so it was replaced.
We are particularly interested in the flag Perry's parents gave us which we kept and didn’t put in the garage sale when we moved to FL. It is handmade and has 36 or 37 stars…when we return home, trust me…we will count them! No matter how many stars there are, we are united and free!