It is highly likely that the flag returned to your family would have been of this unique
"Magruder" pattern. These flags were issued in mid to late April 1862 and the 2nd Florida
appears on a list of units in need of flags at that time.
These flags active-service time was short-lived. Most were replaced in June 1862 with the
Richmond Depot 2nd bunting issues.
It is known that the 32nd Virginia Infantry still carried a flag of this type at Sharpsburg.
A surviving fragment of one of these flags belonging to the 53rd Georgia exists in a private
The Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond retains two of these flags in their collections.
They are listed as WD#10 and WD#55.
While the sending of the Magruder flag to your family is understandable due to the replacement
of that flag with a newer battleflag; I'am perplexed by the unit sending their flagstaff with it.
This staff was likely made in Richmond by the firm of L. L. Barnes. Can you describe it?