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Exhibit displays battle flags from Pickett’s Charge

RICHMOND, Virginia — An exhibit at the Museum of the Confederacy explores the famous Confederate Pickett’s Charge during the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, including displaying a dozen battle flags carried by units of Maj. Gen. George Pickett’s Virginia Division.

One eyewitness recalled the “war flags fluttering in the gentle summer breeze” as they marked the progress of the advancing Confederate soldiers across the one-mile no-man’s land separating the two armies.

Thirteen of the 15 battle flags carried by regiments in Pickett’s division were captured in the charge. All but one of the 13 were given to the Museum of the Confederacy in 1905 when, by resolution of Congress, the U.S. War Department returned the captured Confederate flags to the Southern states.

The exhibit, which opened in May, runs through September 2014.