The 26th Regiment NC Troops, Reactivated, Funds Conservation of Battle of Gettsyburg Confederate Flag
The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh is home to one of the nation’s largest collections of Confederate flags. However, conservation of these banners requires expensive, specialized textile treatment. To help fund this need, the museum has formed a thriving partnership with the 26th Regiment N.C. Troops, Reactivated, the state’s largest Civil War re-enactment group.
The 26th Regiment recently unveiled the second flag it has helped conserve: the battle flag of the 52nd Regiment N.C. Troops. Carried into the Battle of Gettysburg, the banner was captured during the Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble charge on July 3, 1863, by a soldier from the 14th Conn. Volunteers. The regiment’s colors were sent to the U.S. War Department in Washington, D.C., and returned to North Carolina in 1905. It is currently on exhibit in A Call to Arms: North Carolina Military History Gallery.