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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — 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 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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  • Derrick R. Anderson

    So the the confederate flag is back in the museum. I am sure the teabaggers are happy. To make it a complete victory why notm ascertain a hood and some sheets from the grand wizard for display along with the flag of treason!

  • Guest2020

    With those hoods and sheets make sure they have the Stars and Stripes to keep that ensemble complete. Don’t forget it is the Stars and Stripes that flew over the slave ships. It’s the Stars and Stripes that the British hoisted to keep from being boarded by their government officials when Britain outlawed the slave trade.

    The Confederate Flags symbolize a group of people that exercised their Constitutional right to secede from the Union. Their fight for freedom from the Union was no different than the colonies fight for freedom from Britain.

  • Guest Lee

    Many of my family members died fighting for their right to secede from the Union and not have to live under the threat of tyrants such as yourself. If you can’t respect the South, at least respect the soliders who died defending what they believed in, whether you think it was right or wrong.

    You’re a self righteous jerk who has a brain the size of an ant. Grow up.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    …making all museum exhibits track what’s politically correct, rather than of historical value, huh?


    over the White House….

  • Guest7890

    The Indian Removal Act of 1835 and the associated Trail of Tears. The US Army who handled both and flew the US flag over its forces.

  • Mrs. Trout

    Like in most wars, Mr. Lee, your family members died to protect the interests of richer men. In this case, it was to protect the privileged few who saw their economic future (slavery) being ripped away. The post Reconstruction Era tried to rewrite history to make it look more, eh, respectable.

    That said, this flag is still a historical object and does have value in a museum. Better it hangs there than outside a courthouse.

  • Luther

    Mrs. Trout, if you’d spend a minute looking in a North Carolina History Book, you would see that the big planters and slaveholders voted AGAINST secession at the first secession convention. It was only after Lincoln demanded troops from North Carolina that the state in a SECOND secession convention withdrew from the Union. It had nothing to do with slavery and everything to do with refusing to invade another Southern State. You can have any opinion that you want, but you can’t change history and the causes of North Carolina’s secession.

  • Guest Lee

    Yes, I’m sure like most Yankees, Mrs. Trout, that’s the way you see it. As you well know, whoever wins the war writes the history books, and they usually tarnish history to make it suit their own truths.

    You have stooped pretty low to try to tarnish and degrade brave soldiers (and family members) who died for their Southern way of life. Whether you agree with the reason they fought and died for or not, you should at least respect that they were someone’s family members, someone’s father, brother, or son. But then nothing is sacred to a Yankee because they have no honor.

    Well, Yankees “freed” the slaves; how’s that workin’ for ya? How do you like your tax dollars going to support a large segment of the African American population living on food stamps, welfare, and Medicaid (unless you’re one of them). Why don’t you take a nice, leisurely stroll on Sunday afternoon through Creekwood or Houston Moore and tell them all how glad you are you gained their freedom for them? I would REALLY like to witness THAT.

    By the way, my Confederate flag does fly, right in my front yard where everyone can see how proud I am of it, along with another neighbor who also displays his Confederate flag in his front yard and on his truck bumper. You ARE in the South afterall. If you don’t like it, move. We won’t miss you.

    I’m glad to see you’re not letting your education get in the way of your ignorance.

  • Guest2020

    Her ancestors and mine fought for freedom. And it’s the civil rights era that has rewritten history to suit its purposes. The states fought for their right to secede. Jefferson Davis had a plan for freeing the slaves. And to say that the war was about slavery you would have to say that the yankees were a noble people, and they weren’t. The north had fugitive slave laws and did everything they could to keep the freed slaves out of their states. The atrocities that the yankee army committed against southern civilians were committed against the black property owners as well as the white property owners.

  • Mrs. Trout

    Wrong assumption as to where I’m from. Unlike you, I accept the good and bad of my home’s history – it’s possible to still love your homestate without sweeping all the bad under the rug.

    The reality is that in the Civil War, like most wars, the working class man – the common man – put his life on the line after being convinced the cause was just when in fact it was not. (There are a few notable exceptions, but we are focusing on the Civil War here.) Those who started, financed, and profited from the wars are the ones who tarnish the soldiers, not me for pointing out the truth.

    I certainly hope you are not suggesting that we should have never freed the slaves? That’s a whole other thread that I won’t touch. No, I can assure you that I am not on food stamps, welfare, or medicaid. (Believe it or not, I think those systems should be revamped! But so should corporate welfare, too! But enough with responses to unrelated material.)

    Personally, I appreciate that you openly fly your flag of treason – it makes it easier for me to decide with whom I will and will not do business.


    THAT HAS TO BE ONE OF THE BEST POSTS I HAVE EVER SEEN..If the Yankees here think we are so dumb and backwards why are they here?? We sure did better before they came here with their loud mouths and crappy attitudes..God Bless Nathan Bedford Forrest !!!

  • Guest2020

    What is it about “The War of Northern Aggression” that isn’t factual?

  • SurfCityTom

    Go check your History books again; assuming you checked them the first time.

    The KKK was established by General Nathan Bedford Forrest, and 6 of his former troops in Tennessee. They did so to create an organization, initially, to control the gangs of returning soldiers who had no means of support due to the War’s devastation. They expanded that to combat the plague of carpetbaggers and Yankee profit seekers who swarmed throughout the South in an effort to make quick profits from land speculation and the disenfranchisement of all Southerners who had served in the Southern army.

    It was only later, that the activities expanded into other areas such as controlling African A,ericans.

    But none of that has anything to do with this flag.

    And you ignored my point completely.

    Why have the NAACP or other liberal minded entities or spekespersons come out with criticsm over Jacquelyn Kennedy’s taped interviews which contained repeated negative comments concerning Martin Luther King?

  • Guest20

    ….And? Your point is?

    The KKK was an elite group, kind of like the Masons. In fact, The Ku Klux Klan had Masonic origins. It was founded in Pulaski, Tennessee, in 1866 by 6 Confederate officers. One of them, and the first Imperial Wizard of the KKK, was a former Confederate general and Freemason, Nathan Bedford Forrest. Albert Pike held the office of Chief Justice of the KKK while he was simultaneously Sovereign Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite of Masonry, in the Southern Jurisdiction.

    My point is that the KKK was an elite group, and not all Southerners were members of the KKK or accepted the beliefs of the KKK. You really should study true history with an open mind, instead of accepting the lies other people have told you to believe. Doing so makes you nothing more than a sheep being easily led.

  • Mrs. Trout

    How much later? You mean a decade, a year, months, or days? Because there is documented evidence of hundreds of acts of violence committed against freedmen (as well as black & white Republicans) in the South from 1865 onward. Most of which can be attributed to the KKK or it’s secret sympathizers. It’s purpose was to reestablish – by using acts of violence – the social hierarchy that existed pre-War. Yes, they were ticked off at the intruders from the north, who also were in their targets, but freedmen were also always a target.

    I’ll bite over the Kennedy affair: Probably because to most educated liberals, this is not a surprise. MLK was stalked and threatened by the Feds at the time, and JFK only used his power when he was emabarassed that the rest of the world was aware of how blacks were treated at the time. MLK was a thorn in his side as he was trying to upset the status quo.

  • Mrs. Trout

    Who fired first? Who held conventions and voted to secede from the Union?

  • Mrs. Trout

    Where did I say that all Southerners were a part of the KKK?

    While that’s a nice wikipedia style KKK history lesson, my point is that the original KKK still attacked, lynched, raped, and generally terrorized the freedmen. “Elite” status doesn’t change that they’re some of our original domestic terrorists. As opposed to being some misunderstood, noble group, who were simply defending themselves from those evil yankees.


    you voted for Obama, liberal tree hugger…I doubt very seriuosly you are from NC

  • Mrs. Trout

    “The War of Northern Aggression?” Talk about checking your facts.

    Tom, surely you are aware that the original KKK – the one from post Civil War up until the end of Reconstruction – was a reaction to those “uppity” ex-slaves who dared act like freedmen. Who were protected, for the most part, during daylight hours by those “Yankee parasites”.

  • SurfCityTom

    that all of you weasels who are trying to make something racial and controversial out of this have not posted comments on the article concerning Jacqualine Kennedy and her just released tape recordings? She certainly had a few negative comments, including some attributed to her husband President JFK, which were far from lauditory or complementary concerning Martin Luther King.

    If you’re going to post, be fair about it.

    And for the record, history records the creation of the KKK was an initial response to all of the carpetbaggers and Yankee parasites who came into the South after the cessation of the War of Northern Agression. Racial issues were really minimal initally.

    If you’re going to post, at least check your facts.

  • Challengetheworld

    The flag is part of history. It should be in a museum to show that what was being fought for was wrong, however, its still history. It should be there and children should learn about it. It’s part of our American culture.

  • Guest20

    There were many reasons why different states decided to fight in the War:

    (1) Many men believed they were fighting for their right to remove themselves from the Federal government, which they felt had become tyrannical.
    (2) Some fought to defend their home and preserve their honor in face of an invading foe.
    (3) Some men and certainly some states went to war only after Lincoln had issued a call for troops to invade the South and put down the rebellion (North Carolina was one of these states who refused to invade neighboring Southern states).
    (4) The Confederacy fought because it was in the best political and economic interests to remove itself from encumbrance of the North.

    Instead of simply stating, “It should be in a museum to show that what was being fought for was wrong”, you really should study history and find answers for yourself. Simply repeating what others have said over the years through hear-say and ignorance is not the best way to investigate history.

  • Guest2012

    China has dibs on that air space.


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