150-year-old Civil War flag restored in Oshkosh
Originally donated in 1920, the flag's restoration reportedly cost $23,000
OSHKOSH, Wis. — A unique flag made by women in Oshkosh during the Civil War has been restored and displayed by an Oshkosh museum.
The piece of Civil War history was originally donated in the 1920s — about 60 years after the Civil War ended — with the fabric in a stressed condition and covered with tape.
The flag was made around 1861, as a call to arms reached Oshkosh and three companies began to emerge, including one formed by John W. Scott.
Oshkosh Public Museum curator Debra Daubert said women in the area gathered all the silk they could find to create American flags. The seamstresses hand-stitched 34 stars onto a flag in no particular pattern. Before they left for war, the flag was presented to Scott’s men, who would help form the 3rd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry.
Museum archivist Scott Cross said after the flag left Oshkosh, there are no further records until the Scott family donated the flag to the museum in the 1920s.
The restoration project cost more than $23,000.
WLUK-TV reported that a conservator spent a year painstakingly restoring it. It’s on display through next April at the museum on 1331 Algoma Blvd.