Please advise me if SHAPE sets up a fund for this as I will gladly chip in. I believe the Tennessee State Museum would have to be in patnership with any project like that to make sure the funds would go to restoring that particular flag.
This is a good lesson for researchers. I was, to tell the truth, a little disappointed by the Rumble/Dahlgren letters because when I got them they didn't state anything we didn't know already. But, seeing why Mr. Dahlgren was writing in the first place now clears up the matter. The lesson is... every little tiny bit of info we uncover can lead to big things.