Fall Auction 2019 Sale 77
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A fabulous Civil War relic, a small piece of red cotton cloth, approx. 3/4 in. long, taken from the U.S. flag which flew over Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor throughout the Confederate bombardment of the position on April 12, 1861, the first action of the Civil War. The unassuming scrap of fabric is secured within a small oval case of glass and brass, in turn affixed to a card along with a handwritten note from nineteenth-century collector John S. Reigart, stating that the relic was presented to him by Sgt. Peter Hart. Hart ensured that the flag remained flying over Fort Sumter until the position was evacuated; when the flagstaff was shot away during the bombardment, Hart rescued the fallen flag and nailed it to the splintered stump. Upon leaving the fort, Hart saved the flag in his luggage as a souvenir, and when the fort was recaptured in February of 1865, it was this same flag that was raised by its original commander, Maj. Robert Anderson. Absolutely period handwriting, labels, cloth and brass case. Research included with the flag indicates that collector Reigart, born in New York in 1834, was a bank clerk who took pride in his record-keeping. During the latter half of the 19th Century, he assembled a comprehensive collection of American historical relics, including the flag remnant offered here. The same research also describes how Hart came to keep a section of the flag for himself.
A SECTION OF THE FLAG THAT FLEW OVER FORT SUMTER DURING THE UNION DEFENSE OF THE FORT
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Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $2,080.00
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Auction closed on Thursday, November 21, 2019.
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