NEW BERN, N.C. – February 22, 2018
Just in time for Tryon Palace’s Civil War Weekend, March 3 – 4 at the New Bern Academy, a historic Confederate flag captured by Union Troops during the Battle of New Bern returns to New Bern Academy Museum. The flag is on loan to Tryon Palace from the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts. Thanks to the generous loan, the flag will be on display inside the New Bern Academy Museum for two years.
Called the “Freedom Victory flag” for its design, the flag is believed to have been captured by the 21st Massachusetts Infantry Regiment from Worcester on March 14, 1862, at the Battle of New Bern. It is one of three Confederate flags the Worcester troops captured during the battle. The flags, along with supplies, weapons, tents, and other personal affects, were taken as trophies of victory by members of the Worcester regiment. These flags were returned to their home state through a loan from the GAR Memorial to the Museum of Albemarle in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The Freedom Victory flag makes her way from Elizabeth City to New Bern March 1, when it will be installed in the New Bern Academy Museum and on display for visitors to the museum.
The Freedom Victory flag adds to the vast collection of artifacts in the Civil War exhibit residing at the New Bern Academy Museum. Outside the museum, the sights and sounds of New Bern’s Civil War experience come to life on the New Bern Academy grounds during Civil War Weekend. The free public event invites visitors to interact members of multiple regiments of the United States Colored Troops, including Tryon Palace’s own 35th Regiment, North Carolina’s first regiment of African American Union soldiers. Visitors will also learn about the Sisters of Mercy, a convent of Roman Catholic nuns who worked at the hospital that incorporated the New Bern Academy during the Civil War. A military encampment on the grounds introduces visitors to the reality of camp life during the Civil War. The free event is open to the public March 3 – 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the New Bern Academy grounds.
For more information call 252-639-3500 or visit www.tryonpalace.org.
The Freedom Victory flag, a Confederate flag captured at the Battle of New Bern, will be on display at the New Bern Academy Museum beginning March 3, 2018. The flag is on loan to Tryon Palace from the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts, by way of the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The flag joins New Bern Academy Museum’s collection of Civil War artifacts.
Photo courtesy of Museum of the Albemarle, North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources