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Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP17 Jun 2021 10:53 p.m. PST

"Textile conservator Virginia Whelan recently sat down with Museum of the American Revolution President & CEO Dr. R. Scott Stephenson for a discussion on materials and symbolism found in flags from the Revolutionary era and the delicate work of conserving those flags. She and Stephenson talked in-depth about three specific flags, all of which Whelan helped conserve, including the Monmouth flag, a flag captured by British Army officer William Dansey, and General Washington's Standard."

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The flag is rarely on display due to its fragile state. If you want to know what UV light can do to textiles, take a good look at Washington's flag.

I sent an email there to see if anyone knows who the flag bearer was. We are certain that the flag flew at his HQ. There are the post war paintings which shows it in battle. Does anyone know of orders, assignments, a diary or journal of anyone on either side mentioning seeing the flag in battle?


Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP17 Jun 2021 11:44 p.m. PST

The name I keep running into is Eli McVey. Family history claims he was Washington's flag bearer. No hard evidence. No primary source documents.


mad monkey 118 Jun 2021 5:10 a.m. PST

I read the header as Games Workshop HQ Flag, at Museum of the American Revolution.

Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP18 Jun 2021 12:09 p.m. PST

I had to cut down the size of the header. Games Workshop is something I never think about. Anyone on the American Revolution board knows what I meant.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP18 Jun 2021 12:30 p.m. PST

I know what you meant. Context is everything. I never thought of Games Workshop, but I have a lot more painted Hessians than Orcs in my collection.

Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP18 Jun 2021 1:29 p.m. PST

When I started playing miniatures in the early 80s, I didn't know fantasy miniature gaming existed. The term wargaming to me was synonyms with historical, military gaming.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP18 Jun 2021 1:49 p.m. PST

Fantastic interview.


Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP18 Jun 2021 2:43 p.m. PST

I visited this museum while I was attending the AASLH conference a few months before the pandemic hit. I highly recommend it. It is well worth the trip and the price of admission.

Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP18 Jun 2021 4:27 p.m. PST

Virginia Whelan is IMO, one of the two best flag conservators in the country. The other one is Mary Frederickson of Canyon, Texas. Many years go I visited Mary's studio and to my astonishment she was working on the regimental colors which were carried up San Juan Hill during the Spanish American War. A contract from the Army.

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