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Friday, April 20, 2012 - 6:30am

Civil War Flag Returns To Fort

Fort McAllister celebrates the homecoming of the 1864 Confederate battle flag on Saturday. The flag was captured during a December 13, 1864 battle where Union soldiers overwhelmed Confederate forces defending the earthen fort.

The flag is being donated by Robert Clayton of Maine. Clayton inherited the flag from his great-grandfather, Union Major William Z. Clayton, who captured the flag in 1864.

The Union soldier requested that the flag be returned to Atlanta or Savannah. Clayton visited Fort McAllister and offered to donate the flag to fulfill the request.

Fort McAllister Historic Park manager Danny Brown says he’s excited to have the flag.

“From time to time, we are approached by people saying they have something important to donate, and you never know if they’re for real so I was quite excited. I told him we’d love to have it. It was a historian’s dream come true.”

To celebrate the flag’s return, the park is scheduled to host a public dedication and re-enactment at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 21.

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