Flag is Conserved!

August 17, 2016

The Fincastle Chapter is pleased to announce that the fundraising goal for the conservation of the Botetourt Dragoons flag has been reached and the flag has been fully conserved and is back in the collections of the American Civil War Museum (Museum of the Confederacy). We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of all the donors who helped us reach this successful end and also those whose support and energy kept the project going these past five years. The museum staff has been more than gracious in sharing photos and updates on the conservation process.

A dedication ceremony is set for October 22 at the museum branch in Appomattox.

By conserving this flag, the Fincastle Chapter seeks to preserve a direct and tangible link to the War Between the States. This irreplaceable and priceless relic is a part of the museum’s highly regarded and highly accessible artifact collection. Without conservation, the flag would have continued to deteriorate. The Dragoons flag is prized among the Museum’s collections for its fine oil painting and its connection to a Virginia Cavalry unit.

We are honored to have been a part of conserving this flag for the next 150 years!

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Before conservation. Photo courtesy Katherine Wetzel, Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond, VA

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After conservation. Photo courtesy Alan Thompson. Courtesy of American Civil War Museum, Richmond, VA

 

 

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Courtesy of the Museum of the Confederacy, Katherine Wetzel

 

     The Fincastle Chapter is pleased to report that as of May 2014, we have raised nearly $6,000 for the conservation of the Botetourt Dragoons flag!

     Individuals, the Virginia Division UDC, Virginia and General UDC Clubs, and a generous donation from the Military Order of the Stars & Bars have made

     contributions to this project.

     Please check here for more information on the flag project and how to donate.

 

 

 

Reverse of Boteoturt Dragoons flag showing famous words of Patrick Henry

Reverse of Boteoturt Dragoons flag showing famous words of Patrick Henry

 

 

 

In February, the Fincastle Chapter received a $1,000 donation from the Military Order of the Stars and Bars (MOS&B)  for the conservation of the Botetourt Dragoons flag. The flag is in the collections of the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond. The Fincastle Chapter is undertaking fundraising efforts to conserve the 1861 silk flag. The donation from the MOS&B is greatly appreciated and illustrates the wide-ranging appeal of this important project. In his letter to the chapter, Lt. Commander General William Howard Jones stated “We are very impressed with your efforts to preserve the Battle Flag. In so doing, you are preserving an important part of our history and our heritage.”

IMG_3567Debra A. McClane, project chair, delivered the check to Cathy Wright, curator at the Museum of the Confederacy.

The Fincastle Chapter thanks the MOS&B for its generosity and also thanks all those who have donated to this project.

For information on how to donate to the flag fund, click on the “Saving the Botetourt Dragoons Flag” tab at the top of this blog.

 

 

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Courtesy of the Museum of the Confederacy, Katherine Wetzel, photographer

 

The Fincastle Chapter is pleased to report that as of November 2012, we have raised $2,500.00 for the conservation of the Botetourt Dragoons flag!  Individuals, the Virginia Division UDC, and Virginia and General Clubs have made generous contributions to this project and we are excited to have such a quick start to our fundraising efforts.

Additional events and fundraising opportunities are planned for the future.  Please check here for more information on the flag project and how to donate.