Thank you for the information.
With your prior post, I would say that we agree more than we disagree. I also think that the flag seen at the firing of the West was a Palmetto flag and not the secession flag for several reasons.
1. The flag flown at Fort Walker and on display at the SC Historical Society has two white Palmettos on a Red Background. (It is interesting because the two Palmettos have a crescent in the middle.)
2. I have a JPEG in my files that I snagged off of the internet somewhere that has a Palmetto flag flying at Fort Moultrie (I wish I had identified the source when I snagged it - I have looked at the Lib. of Congress pics and it wasn't from there).
As far as the flag in Iowa being on a blockader - this is only one option I am pursuing. The fact that the flag is in such good shape makes me question if it was used as a battallion flag for 4 years of war. The other reason I doubt it came from Fort Blakeley was the comments of the man who took it back to Iowa. If it was captured at Fort Blakeley, it seems he would have known that, particularly if it was captured by his regiment.
If you find out any more information, please post it here. I would be most appreciative.