Thursday, February 10, 2011
Prattville Dragoons SCV Camp 1524 February Meeting
Great meeting tonight where two new members to the Sons of Confederate Veterans were sworn into the Prattville Dragoons. There have been some solid additions to the camp over the past few months. Then Bob Bradley from the Alabama Department of Archives gave a wonderful speech and presentation of historical flags of the Confederacy. He graciously discussed the tremendous work he has done for flag conservation specifically for historic flags of Alabama and the Confederate States of America - the Archives has the third largest collection of flags of the CSA and the single greatest number of the varied period flags which represented the different states, armies, militia as well as those of the Confederate States of America during the brief history of the CSA. Representative sample flags were shown including the First National Flag which was the true stars and bars, the Second National Flag (also known as the Stainless Banner) and the Third National Flag of which there are few remaining examples as it came into existence shortly before the end of the War Between the States and the existence of the CSA itself. Various renditions of the Battle Flag with the St. Andrews Cross were shown including fascinating details about the flag material construction. The beautiful Alabama Secession Banner was the first flag presented. Bob was recognized as a treasure by members of the Prattville Dragoons for his tremendous preservation work and knowledge of this important piece of history of our forefathers and the Confederate States of America. A $500 check was presented to help continue with the continued work for the flag conservation.