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 appart 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, 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 Guardmen. The outcome of this battle was to ensure that the northeastern part of Missouri remained in the Union. 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.
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