Save Our Flags is proud to announce that our next Confederate flag conservation project is the headquarters flag of Brigadier General John Adams, who was killed at Franklin while attempting to cross the federal works. 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 is a priority of conservation primarily because the silk fringe has 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. It's up to us to be sure that it undergoes a conservation effort to make it so that our descendants will be able to see it decades from now. 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. If just half the folks who follow us on Facebook would donate $5, we would immediately meet our goal of $6,500 for this flag.
We're going to be posting more on General Adams, his men, his death, and this flag, but now we just need to get the word out. Please share this post, and ask for contributions. This is an important project, and even the smallest donation is appreciated. Every penny raised goes to this flag, and your five bucks matters more than you might imagine.
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.