Re: Morris Island's red garrison flag
I agree, the possibilties are endless. I also believe there are to many coincidences pointing towards Culpeppers Battery to dismiss them right off the bat. I think there is even less proof in the Frigate theroy but to a historian possiblities are endless.
Ok so I will agree SSA did not discover the flag but she brought it to light with the possible Citadel implications. We might not be having this discussion now if not for her. Like I said I talk to the Iowa director in 07 and they had never put that together. So as a possibility it was a discovery for the Citadel to prove correct or disprove. The big dissapointment to me is that people would rather say this not the flag without proof instead of proving it is the flag. For people trying to find that one hand written letter by a Confederate soldier to their family about a flag in our possesion that is red with a palmetto tree that was said to be from Morris Island you sure know how to knock the wind out of our sails. I wish ya'll would prove our theroy wrong then we could quit looking.
I did not discover the engraving of the Cadets at Morris Island either. It has had been in the Library of Congress for over 100 years but I brought it to light. Was this engraving mentioned in Mark Clarks research in the 1960's? There is not any doubt with the eyewitness accounts and the engraving the flag was for real. How about some of you Citadel men get a big copy of that engraving on the wall at school.
I bet the Citadel did not know General Ellison Capers brother was also at the battery during the firing. I found his reccollections and he even quoted, as they called it, the famous command Stevenson gave to the cadets to fire. That command is also a piece of Citadel history I came across and I have never seen it in Citadel history documentation. I found it in documentation written in 1895. I gave the quote and source to Mr Kullberg for him to document in his history.
I am just a blue collar mill hand currently paying Citadel tution out of my pocket. I am not a history proffesor or a english proffesor and finally not a Citadel graduate. I talk to young Cadets today and amaze them with Citadel history the politically correct will not teach.
Mr Kullberg's written piece is a excellent way to get the story out and get others interested in finding answers