Save Our Flags is proud to announce that the Confederate headquarters flag of Brigadier General John Adams, who was killed at Franklin while attempting to cross the federal works, has been conserved and is once again back at the Tennessee State Museum. The Save Our Flags initiative of the Tennessee Division Sons of Confederate Veterans appreciates the recognition and display at the museum, and we are already looking forward to our next Confederate flag project. We should note that we're still looking for as much information about this banner as we can find. This flag may be a one-off, and there has been debate as to whether it's a Polk Corps variant, perhaps something based on a Trans-Mississippi pattern, or maybe even a type of Maltese Cross. We would love to hear from anyone who knows more about this flag, its creation, and its use. It's wool and silk, and was a priority of conservation primarily because the silk fringe had begun to deteriorate more than expected over the past decade.
There's a strong possibility that this flag was flown at Franklin, but we know it was not captured. It was donated to the Tennessee Historical Society by General Adams' wife in 1907 - along with other memorabilia - and is currently held at the Tennessee State Museum. Thanks to donors like you it it underwent a conservation effort to make it so that our descendants will be able to see it decades from now. If you'd like to donate to our next conservation effort, in advance of the flag selection, donation information is on our website at www.saveourflags.org/index.php/donate or just click on the Donate tab that you see on here.
We appreciate the pictures provided by the Tennessee State Museum, one of the flag, and another of Dr. Candace Adelson inspecting the flag. And for legal reasons, we offer this description as provided to us. Headquarters Flag of Gen. John A. Adams’ Brigade, made by an unidentified Mississippi woman, 1863. Tennessee Historical Society Collection, Tennessee State Museum, acc. no. 3.300 (wool and silk; H. 23” x W. 36”). Courtesy Tennessee State Museum.