Heritage, Volume 18, Number 1, Winter 2000 Page: 26
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Flag of the First Texas Infantry in frame. Courtesy of Textile Preservation Associates.
attle flags hold within them the stories of the men who carried the banners,
the places they have been, and the events they have experienced. In trying
to preserve flags it is important that they are treated with great sensitivity or their
stories will be lost. During battle, flags were a sign marking who was where- a
rallying point for the men to follow- but more importantly, they were a focal
point for the multitude of emotions present during the confusion of war. Past
attempts to preserve flags have often been well meaning but many have "thrown
the baby out with the bath water." Extensive sewing, gluing, and repainting in an
attempt to "restore" the original beauty of a flag has resulted in damaged objects
that have lost any story they might have held within their folds.
By Fonca Ghiadli Thowsen
HERITAGE * 26 * WINTER 2000
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