The small prairie town of Streator, Ill., sent its boys and men off to the Civil War carrying a cotton Union flag made by the local women. One of the local men was Sgt. George Poundstone, who had tucked the flag inside his tunic for safekeeping during the Vicksburg campaign in 1863. Poundstone was fatally injured during the battle and was sent home for burial along with the blood-stained flag.
According to an article by Greg Stanmar in the Bloomingdale, Ill., Pantagraph newspaper, the historical societies of Streator and LaSalle County are jointly raising $20,000 to repair the badly deteriorated flag and display it in the county museum.