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Confederate flag returns to Cape Fear Museum

September 19, 2011

The Cape Fear Museum welcomed home a restored piece of history this morning. A Confederate flag that flew over Fort Fisher during the Civil War [sic] is back after undergoing conservation work. Women in Wilmington made the the Confederate Second National Pattern flag in the 1860s. Union forces captured in the flag in 1865, and somebody, most likely a soldier, took it.

It was eventually found in 1932 in the home of a private collector, who donated it to the City of Wilmington.

“A local Wilmingtonian was the one who found it and encouraged the owner to donate it back to the City of Wilmington, so it came back to us in 1934. So that’s why it is important, because it is definitely a part of our region’s history,” Cape Fear Museum curator Barbara Rowe said.

The flag received professional conservation, including hand vacuuming to remove dirt and patching with sheer polyester fabric.

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