1st Alabama Infantry Flag Returned
According to the Birmingham News of May 24, 2007, the Flag of the 1st Alabama Infantry was returned to the State of Alabama in a ceremony in Washington, DC. Members of Congress from Nebraska presented the flag to Congressional members from Alabama and the director of the Alabama State Archives. The picture on the front page was of a first national flag of unusually large size made of cotton and wool. It is said to have been captured on April 8, 1862 on an island in the Mississippi River near the Missouri shore.
"At exactly 1 o'clock by my watch, the two signal guns of the Washington Artillery were heard. In another minute every gun was at work." Porter Alexander, July 3rd 1863