The "Tentative/Probable" Colors of the 26th Miss
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After all these years of hoping and wishing to see this banner, here it is!
Even though we can't be 100% sure, the late Howard Michael Madaus* believed this flag to be WD 289. This banner was returned to the state of Mississippi in 1905, but it was not inventoried among the flags held by the Mississippi Department of History and Archives in Jackson. It's been in private collections for many years, and the current caretaker has graciously given me permission to share this picture with you.
The dimensions of the flag are as follows:
- Width of Flag - 49"
- Length of Flag - 48.5"
- Width of Cross - 6.25"
- Width of White Edge Bordering Cross - .75"
- Size of 13 Stars - 5.5" in diameter
- Width of Border Around the Flag - 1.5"
You will notice a stenciled number on the upper left border. This represented the number the War Department assigned to the flag. The "28" is missing, but Madaus wrote, "...the fragments of the edges indicate that the first two numbers were '28'; furthermore, only W.D. #289 is not accounted for of all the War Department captured flags."
Why is this flag believed to belong to the 26th? Read the interesting story HERE!
* Howard Michael Madaus was former curator of the Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, and chief curator of the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA. He was an author with books and articles on firearms, Civil War flags, and other banners of our country's history. He was noted for his expertise in authenticating historical flags. Mr. Madaus died in 2007 at the age of 63.