|The 1st Regimental flag of the 7th Mississippi has now been fully restored. The flag was recently on display at the Mississippi State Archives and cousin Virgil Roberts went and took some pictures of it. Thank you so much cousin for sharing the pictures with us.|
1st Regimental flag
UPDATE: The following letter on this flag was Contributed by Jeff Giambrone. Jeff works at Vicksburg's Old Courthouse Museum. Click on their name to give them a visit. If you get to Vicksburg this is a "must see" on your list of places to visit. This certainly explains why the flag was never reported captured.
Camp on the Tennessee River
To his excellency John J. Pettus
The damage sustained by our flag in that battle renders it totally unfit for use in active service: and we desire that it may be preserved in memory of the brave and gallant soldiers who, fell in its defense, upon that hard fought battle field.
I have the honor to be
(This letter is located in the letters sent to Gov. John J. Pettus, Microfilm Roll # 4854, Miss. Department of Archives and History)
3rd Regimental flag
|The following men have been identified as color bearers of the 7th Mississippi. Some carried the regimental flag while others may have carried company flags. All deserve special recognition.|
Stories of the flags
|The Chickmauga report of Colonel Bishop reported: "In obedience to orders, passing through General Deas' line, I attacked the enemy in my front, drove them from their position, capturing three pieces of artillery, and pursued them nearly a mile. In this charge I lost 2 men killed and about 10 officers and men wounded, among the latter Color Sergeant W. J. Nunnery."
Dunbar Rowland's history of the 7th Mississippi adds this: "After 1 o'clock the same day the Mississippi Brigade joined in the assaults upon Granger's line near the Vidito house, and were three times repulsed, despite their most heroic efforts, with heavy loss. In the third assault, after repelling a Federal charge, the Seventh advanced with Kelly's Brigade of Buckner's Corps. Among the killed were Capts. J. M. Brister and G. A. Robertson, "brave and gallant soldiers and attentive and efficient officers." (Bishop). Mat Stringer, of Company G, Color Corporal, who succeeded Nunnery as color bearer, was mentioned for "cool intrepidity and gallantry." The flag staff was shot in two near the crest of the ridge..."
|Shown above is a fake 7th Mississippi Regimental flag offered for sale on Ebay as the original item. If you have read this page you will know that the flag this claims to be is in possesion of the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond. To learn about how to spot these fakes please visit...|
|This is an animated gif file of the first regimental flag. Thanks to Jim's Flags for this animated version. His site has many other Confederate animated flags as well which he allows to be used on other websites so all you webmasters really need to check it out.|