The Real Flag of the Thirty-fourth Mississippi Infantry?
The flag of the 34th Mississippi is a real mistery to me. According
to the article below the flag at this reunion was given to the regiment at
Corinth. I assume this was in the spring of 1862 and again from the
article it appears they were still carrying this flag at the final surrender.
David Boone, author of a new book "Honor Without a Stain" on the 34th Mississippi
Infantry tells me the regiment was presented with another flag in SC in 1865
and on it was "Honor Without a Stain". This is where the title of his
book comes from. There is yet a third flag in the Museum of the Confederacy
at Richmond that was said to have been the 34's flag and was suppose to have
been captured by the 149 NY Volunteers at Lookout Mountain. David does not
believe this flag was that of the 34th. For one thing the two regiments were
not on the same part of the battlefield. This flag was not returned to the
Confederacy until the first part of the twentieth century. Since the flag
spoken of below was in Byhalia in 1889 this was not the same flag. David
says this flag was buried with Zophar Ferrell according to an article he
read circa 1907.
The Memphis Appeal in giving an account of
the re-union of Byhalia, says, “The stand and booths near it were garnished
with flags, the national colors blending with two old Confederate battle
flags. A conspicuous feature was this pair of tattered and battle scarred
flags, which were at poluts(?) honor at each side of the main stand. These
colors as they were carried in procession by some 300 or 400 grizzly-bearded
ex-soldiers of the Lost Cause, attracted a deal of attention, and many inquiries
were made concerning them.
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