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Catalog Number 00031
Object Name Flag
Description A. FLAG:
Flag patterned after a 1st national of Confederate States of America. Partial. Hand sewn. 1 layer. Cotton. Previous Repair.

This flag was used at the Battle of Athens on August 5, 1861 and was captured there by Union militia commanded by Cpt. David Moore from the secessionist Border Guards of Col. Martin Green on 1861/08/09. The battle was fought and the campaign was conducted between irregular forces of citizenry not regularly inducted into the military. Iowan's fought during the battle of Atherns, but they were not a part of a volunteer infantry regiment.

The battle of Athens was the northern-most battle west of the Mississippi River and the only battle to produce cannon ball fire on Iowa soil. At the start of the war Athens had about 1,000 people and was south of Croton, Lee County, Iowa. Between 400 to 500 Unionist Home Guard troops under the command of Col David Moore occupied the town of Athens and fought 1,000-2,000 pro-Confederate Missouri State Guardsmen. The outcome of this battle was to ensure that the northeastern part of Missouri remained in the control of Union forces. Object No.: 31, tagged only

McCrary, Hon. George W. "Loyal Legion Vignettes," Military ORders of the Loyal Legion of the United States. September, 1999. http://suvcw.org/mollus/art011.htm

Accessory information located in the Notes section.
Source Beaman, D.C.
Received Date / /
Collection Iowa Battle Flag Project, Civil War
Search Terms Civil War
Southern Rights