Civil War Ex-Prisoners of War Battle Flags   Save
Civil War Ex-Prisoners of War Battle Flags
Description: These two flags belonged to Ohio men held in Confederate prison camps during the Civil War. It is possible that one or both of the flags belonged to the Franklin County Ex-Prisoners of War Association. One flag is blue with gold fringe. Painted on each side is a shield with a brown background and gold border, beneath which is a scroll bearing text. On the front, the shield features an eagle and the text "we can forgive but never forget." On the back, an eagle perches on a soldier's camp roll and rucksack with crossed bayonets behind it. Below, connected by three chain links, is a hand-painted image of a dog attacking a ragged man on the ground, symbolizing the soldiers' horrific experiences in Confederate prisons. Beneath the shield is a scroll bearing the words "death before dishonor." The flag is 52 by 59 inches (132 by 150 cm). The second flag, the national colors of the United States with gold fringe, bears the names of Confederate prison camps that held Union soldiers. Among the camps were Andersonville, Libby, and Cahaba. It has 38 gold painted stars arranged in a double-circle pattern with three stars in the middle and one in each corner. The flag measures 57.48 by 71.65 inches (146 by 182 cm). Ohio battle flags were on display at the Ohio Statehouse until the 1960s, when the state formed a committee to oversee efforts to restore the fragile flags. Some of the battle flags were on display on the plaza level of the Ohio Historical Center from 1970 until 1989. For conservation reasons, the flags have been in storage since 1989. In the 1960s, the collection was photographed and commercial artist Robert Needham painted illustrations of many Civil War flags. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: Om1330_1637692_001
Subjects: Military Ohio; Civil War; Prisoners of war; Flags; Eagles
Places: Franklin County (Ohio); Ohio