Save Our Flags would like to thank Porter's Battery for their most generous donation of $500 to help conserve the flag of the 14th Tennessee. These gentlemen field a complete battery, and they challenge other gunners, as well as foot soldiers, to match their gift. We're sure you will enjoy this fine picture of their unit. In battery!
Save Our Flags is pleased to announce an incredible gesture of friendship and camaraderie. A gentleman has just donated $1,300 to this project - $100 per star on the flag – in honor of a dear friend who has recently passed away. The donor prefers to remain anonymous, so that the focus will remain on his friend, and this flag, which he would have loved to see conserved. It is our honor to accept this donation.
Robert L. “Bob” Parker was noted as a reenactor, historian, and overall good guy. He was originally in the reenactment group called “Cleburne’s”, but helped start the 20th Tennessee in 1986, which ushered in the “jean cloth” revolution among Confederate reenactors. Many, many “old-timers” from the early reenactment days will remember him. He was on television’s “Civil War Journal” and was a consultant to the well-known artist Don Troiani. In fact, Bob wrote the description for Mr. Troiani’s painting, “The Unconquered”, which features the color bearer of the 1st Tennessee carrying a flag almost exactly like that of the 14th Tennessee, as Archer’s Brigade advances at Gettysburg.
Bob was a student of all things “Civil War” in Tennessee. He had made extensive research into Archer’s Brigade, especially the lives of soldiers Harris and Norris. He also enjoyed visiting the area of his ancestors: Giles County.
Mr. Parker was a fireman by vocation, and retired as a captain in the Nashville Fire Department a few years ago. He was born and raised in Nashville, and had moved to Murfreesboro about ten or so years ago. He passed on November 28, 2011 at age 59. He was married, with no children, and will be sorely missed by his great number of friends and reenacting pards.
A CHALLENGE. THROUGH THE END OF MAY, THESE GENTS - THE 14TH TENNESSEE REENACTING UNIT - HAVE PLEDGED TO MATCH ALL DONATIONS UP TO A TOTAL OF $800. LET'S ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE. SEND IN YOUR DONATION TODAY.
We offer a huge thanks to the men of the 14th Tennessee, Co. B of the Mid-Atlantic region, with support from its other units in the Confederate Military Forces organization, for their assistance and efforts (moral and financial) in conserving this flag. These gents have previously played large roles in conserving other historic flags, and here's a great photo of them from a November event in Gettysburg PA.
State Senator Douglas Henry (Nashville), SCV member and supporter of the Tennessee State Museum, is proud to be the first to contribute to the “Save Our Flags” project. James Turner, project coordinator and past Commander of the Tennessee Division, is pleased to accept Senator