The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh has acquired the flag which was carried by the 18th Regiment North Carolina Troops, in wounding of Gen. “Stonewall “Jackson
By Josh Shaffer, Staff Writer
RALEIGH - The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh has acquired a Confederate
battle flag carried by the 18th Regiment North Carolina troops, the group
responsible for accidentally shooting Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, museum
The museum first learned of the flag when it received a letter from the
flag’s owner in 1992. It was recently purchased from the owner, a New Jersey
college professor, and is on view in the museum’s military history gallery.
On May 2, 1863, Jackson and his staff moved in front of the Confederate line
at Chancellorsville, Va., on reconnaissance. Jackson was wounded when troops
from the 18th North Carolina fired into woods at what they thought was federal
cavalry. The battle flag was captured by federal troops the next day.
The flag acquisition comes in anticipation of the Civil War Sesquicentennial
Celebration, which will take place from 2011 to 2015. The celebration,
sponsored by the Office of Archives and History, N.C. Department of Cultural
Resources, will commemorate the war’s 150th anniversary and feature events and
activities, according to a press release.
(Used with permission of Charlotte News Observer, Charlotte, NC.)