The rarely seen “Stainless Banner” that covered the coffin of Lt. Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson while he lay in state in Richmond at the Capitol will be exhibited by the Museum of the Confederacy on May 11 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The nickname stainless refers to the Second National Flag of the Confederacy which had a pure white field with the Confederate battle flag as its canton. The new design was approved by the Confederate Congress on May 1, 1863, and one of its first uses was the Jackson funeral.
The elaborate funeral procession from the train depot to the governor’s mansion and then the next day to the Capitol where thousands came to pay their respects was well covered by the Richmond Dispatch on May 12, 1863.
At the museum, reenactors from the 15th and 21st Virginia Infantry Regiments will stand guard during the two-day display and museum curators will be available to answer questions.
On May 11, physician and author Mathew E. Lively will speak at the museum from noon to 1 p.m. on “Calamity at Chancellorsville: The Wounding and Death of General Stonewall Jackson.”
The talk is free for museum members and for non-members with admission to the museum. Museum fees are $10 for adults, $8 for those 62 and older and $8 for youth ages 7 to 13. There is no charge for those under 7 or for active-duty military.