Undoubtedly the biggest blemish in American lineage, the Civil War and its elements evoke bitter memories of factions that were unable to co-exist. Having waved proudly (albeit briefly) atop the Richmond, Virginia Confederate Capitol building, this piece of the Confederate flag is a genuine artifact from a pivotal chapter in American history. Trimmed to approximately 2-1/8 x 1-1/8”, the blue and white striped portion was given to Methodist minister John O. Foster. LOA from University Archives. This item has a reserve (estimated value $500-$1000). More on our website.
Foster is said to have preached the first sermon following the fall of Richmond on April 4, 1865, after having tended to wounded soldiers from both sides. He was subsequently given a section of the enormous Confederate flag which flew over the Richmond State House. According to Foster’s diary, he visited the Confederate Treasury on April 5, 1865 and obtained as many varieties of bonds and Confederate monies as he was able and glued them to sections of the Confederate flag.
This particular souvenir is matted to 11x14 with informative text and an image of the Richmond edifice from which the Confederate flag had been removed.