|LARGE SCALE CONFEDERATE BIBLE FLAG IN THE FIRST NATIONAL PATTERN, WITH 7 STARS, APRIL 1861 OR PRIOR, FOUND WITH THE DIARY OF 1st LIEUTENANT JOHN M. WEIDEMEYER OF THE 6TH MISSOURI INFANTRY (CONFEDERATE), FORMERLY IN THE PERSONAL COLLECTION OF MILITARY EXPERT AND DEALER, NORM FLAYDERMAN
|Frame Size (H x L):||Approx. 12.5" x 22.5"|
|Flag Size (H x L):||5.5" x 15.5"|
|Bible flags are tiny flags made for a soldier by a loved one, to be presented as a token of pride and affection when he went away to war. They received this name because they were typically carried in a Bible, both because this was the safest place that a soldier might keep a flat, treasured object on his person with limited places to do so, and because it sometimes doubled as a bookmark.
This particular example, in the First National Confederate Flag format, is made entirely of silk, with an elongated format, and in an distinctively large scale among its counterparts of the period. The blue canton, square in shape, despite the exaggerated length, contains 7 stars, configured in the usual, medallion fashion, with 6 of these in a wreath surrounding a single, center star. The 7 star count represents the first wave of secession, when South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas left the Union together.
The flag formerly accompanied the 140-page, handwritten diary of 1st Lt. John M. Weidemeyer of the 6th Missouri Infantry (Confederate) and the 3rd Missouri Battalion Infantry. Weidemeyer was born 01/10/1834 in Charlottesville, VA. He enlisted at Osceola, MO and was commissioned into Co. F of the 6th Missouri on May 1st, 1862. Taken prisoner at both Vicksburg (1863) and Ft. Blakely, AL (1865), he survived the war and lived into the 20th century. He passed on 01/12/1911 in Clinton, MO. In addition to the diary, he wrote a 17-page typed memoir. Both documents, along with a modern, detailed biography, survive among the holdings of the Missouri State Library and Archives.
Brief Biography: http://www.ozarkscivilwar.org/archives/4703
Construction: The flag is entirely hand-sewn throughout with extraordinary precision and the tiniest stitches and seams that one will ever encounter in early flag-making. The canton is made of plain weave silk that has been pieced in 4 vertical segments, which is very unusual. The bars are made of very similar, plain weave silk. The hoist end was rolled back onto itself and hemmed. There is an applied silk fringe along the fly end and a silk ribbon stitched to the top of the hoist.
Provenance: In the latter 20th century, the flag at some point came into the personal collection of military expert and dealer, Norm Flayderman. Flayderman marked many things with his name on handwritten tags. A note that accompanied this flag stated that the diary and the flag were once together. He is likely to have sold the diary to Missouri, or to a client who donated it to the state.
Mounting: The flag was mounted and framed within our own conservation department, which is led by expert staff. We take great care in the mounting and preservation of flags and have framed thousands of examples.
The exceptional, black-painted, rippled profile molding dates to the period between 1830 and 1850 and retains its original, gilded, pie crust liner. The background is 100% cotton twill, black in color. The mount was placed in a cove-shaped molding with a rope style inner lip and very dark brown, nearly black surface with reddish highlights, to which a hand-gilded and distressed Italian molding was added as a liner. The glazing is U.V. protective plexiglass.
Condition: There are 2 small stains along the top edge, one in the canton and one in the bar, accompanied by very minor foxing and staining elsewhere. There is some vertical splitting where the flag was once folded. There are some very tiny, pinprick-sized holes in the bars and nicks along the top and bottom edges. The overall condition is really exceptional for a silk flag of this period.
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|Flag Type:||Sewn flag|
|Earliest Date of Origin:||1861|
|Latest Date of Origin:||1861|
|War Association:||1861-1865 Civil War|
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