Members of the Yadkin Gray Eagles Camp, a group of Civil War reenactors and history buffs, are working to raise funds to restore a piece of Yadkin County history.
The original flag carried by soldiers leaving Yadkin County to fight in the Civil War was returned to the county and is now at the North Carolina Department of Archives and History Museum in Raleigh. On Aug. 5, 2016, the Yadkin Gray Eagles SCV Camp 1765, along with other historians and authors, visited the museum where they were given special permission to view the flag — the first time it had been publicly viewed since 1984.
“The historical flag is now only a shadow of its former glory as time has degraded the fragile silk material. While the flag is beyond restoration, what is left of it can be conserved for future generations to view and enjoy. A project has been initiated by the Yadkin Gray Eagles SCV camp in coordination with the North Carolina Department of Archives and History Museum to pursue this conservation effort. Other local and state historians, historic societies, re-enacting groups, and public officials are engaged as well,” said Greg Cheek. “The Yadkin Gray Eagles SCV Camp 1765 is committed to the effort to raise the nearly $30,000 estimated by the Museum that is needed to complete the conservation of the original flag.”
The group has a silk reproduction of the Yadkin Gray Eagle flag that was made recently by Marlena Mathews.
“Her efforts help us visualize the ceremonial gift of the original flag to inspire the men of the Yadkin Gray Eagles 155 years ago,” Cheek said.
A fundraiser auction will kick off at the Lee-Jackson Banquet which is scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m. The banquet will be held at the Yadkinville Moose Lodge and will include an oyster and chicken stew dinner with side dishes, desserts, and drinks. Local musician Stan Clardy will perform a special program entitled, “Where is Dixie: Thoughts and songs about Dixie, Is it just a geographical place or a place in our hearts?”
Items up for auction at the fundraiser will include Commemorative Yadkin Gray Eagle Flag Coins, books, actual period money, and other historical items. Tickets are available at the door: $15 for adults, free for those younger than 18.
For ticket reservations, questions, or additional information, contact Greg Cheek at 336-428-2026 or [email protected]
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter or Instagram @RippleReporterK.