The expression “he wrapped himself in the flag” has a negative connotation that implies someone is using patriotism to disguise baser motives. In the 19th century, however, some people – most of them military figures — were literally wrapped in flags as part of their funeral ceremonies. In 1840, for instance, the last request of… continue
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By James Breig Hosted by Gettysburg Flag Works Every day in America, millions of people see the handiwork of Robert Heft. But they don’t know who he was or what he did that involved the U.S. flag. In naming people connected to the history of the flag, Heft should rank with Betsy Ross and Uncle Sam… continue
The ongoing sesquicentennial of the Civil War is leading, inexorably, to the 150th anniversary of the 1865 assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, who died within days of the surrender of General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox, Virginia. Flags played a role at both the beginning of the war and in the death of Lincoln. In… continue