Historical Society Given Palmetto Guards Flag; North Georgia Unit Busy in Civil War

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SAVANNAH -- Georgia's Palmetto Guards saw plenty of action during the Civil War, but 138 years after the South's surrender at Appomattox, the unit is still making history.

Chip Champion of St. Simons Island has presented the unit's flag to the Georgia Historical Society.

"This is very close to my family and our heritage," Champion said. "It was a tough process to part with it. I'm very sentimental about it."

The society took possession of it Monday.

The North Georgia unit fought at Seven Days, Second Manassas, Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville.

Edwin L. Jackson, a senior public service associate at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia, said many Georgia units carried "the stars and bars in the early years of the war."

Susan Dick Hoffius, director of library and archives at the Georgia Historical Society, said the flag would undergo an evaluation process before it is determined how best to preserve it.

The Palmetto Guards mustered in Fulton County. The unit became Company C of the 19th Georgia Infantry when it passed from state to Confederate military control. …

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