The book is writing itself every time we hear from you all. I am getting new information weekly. We are editing some battle related action by the regiment, waiting for a set of letters [not included yet] and possibly originals of the George Lea letters [We only have typed transcriptions], and then deciding how many photos, maps, and rosters to include. Oh yes a publisher and or agent to find a publisher would be great.
The discovery of this new flag just goes to show how fluid the research project is and how interconnected bits of information can give us hints and turn the research in totally new directions.
Here is what happened...A letter from 2002 from Jamie to me about a letter written in 1907 held in the Tenn. Archives, a posting on the Flags Board about flag bearers in an Ala. unit deserting in Cedartown,Ga., a discussion of color companies and bam!!!!! Ken Legendre sent us to the Tennessee State Museum where he had determined that the flag was 7th Regt. not battn; he just needed some more proof.
We provided the proof and we have found the flag that had languised there for years and had been incorrectly identified as the 7th Battn. Miss. Inf. The curator is just as excited because the information Jamie sent me in 2002 is new information to her and will be added to the backup information on the flag's history.
Don't get me wrong, I would have been excited about the 7th Battn Flag in the same situation, but as hard as we all have researched the 7th Regiment, I can't help but believe we have one of the best teams out there and wish others would get involved to spread the load.