Friday, September 22, 2017

New York Battle Flags

It’s been several years since I’ve highlighted websites that feature the flags of the trans-Mississippi. Since that time some websites have been extensively updated and some new ones have appeared. This series will feature websites of trans-Mississippi State flag collections as well as websites that depict flags of regiments that served in the theater.

The New York Military Museum andVeterans Research Center has constructed a well-organized website with histories of every unit that served in the Civil War plus hundreds of photographs of New York flags. Many people don’t think of New York having much of a connection to the war west of the Mississippi, but soldiers of the 6th New York Infantry, the 114th New York Infantry, the 116th New York Infantry, and the 21st Independent Battery served in Louisiana for part of the conflict. The website is well worth checking out, and I noticed a couple of colorful posters for sale too.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Founders Award One More Time

On July 19, 2017, I attended a lovely banquet given by the American Civil War Museum to accept the Founders Award and to witness the presentation of the Jefferson Davis Award to Dr. Chandra Manning. Our certificates are quite unusual because the red wax seal was made by the original Great Seal of the Confederacy. We were told that the Great Seal was rarely used during the Civil War and has been used many more times on the certificates for the Founders and Jefferson Davis Awards. Dr. John Coski served as the master of ceremonies and shared some trivia with us about the awards. For example, my book has the longest title and is the first to deal with Indian troops. I have to confess that the title of my book is so lengthy that I sometimes can't remember all of it!

Recently, I've been planning some future postings and will be starting a series soon after a miscellaneous posting or two.