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Early Identified Army of Northern Virginia Reunion Flag

Early Identified Army of Northern Virginia Reunion Flag – This rare example of an early ANV reunion, battle flag was constructed by Mrs. Landon B. Edwards, a Richmond UDC member and wife of Landon B. Edwards who served in the Virginia Southside Heavy Artillery; the flag was recently found in an old trunk in Buckingham County, Virginia. The trunk in which the flag was discovered, was in the Civil War era home of George W. Farrish, who served in the 18th Battalion of Virginia Heavy Artillery; the trunk and flag were found by the great, great, great grandson of the home’s original owner. Mrs. L.B.  Edwards, who made the flag, was indeed a UDC member; the latter organization, formed in 1894, in Richmond. Mrs. Edwards made the flag some time between that date and the date of her death, in 1912. This flag is almost exactly like an original, war period ANV flag – we have owned two of the latter. The Edwards flag is constructed like the war period flags, of wool bunting, worsted wool and off-white linen; although machined stitched, unlike later reunion flags, the stars and white wool “lines” along the blue star field, are all applied and not printed; in fact, the only deviation from war period ANV flags, are the three early brass grommets and the cotton duck hoist in which the grommets are inserted. Prominently, at one end of the hoist, is hand inked – “Made by Mrs. L.B. Edwards  / Richmond Chapter / UDC”. We have had several printed, Confederate reunion flags, but this is the earliest one we have seen or have had, and this example was constructed by hand, on a treadle sewing machine, not printed; in addition, it is identified to two former Confederate soldiers. Indeed, from a rather short distance, this important flag appears to be a war period, ANV flag. *Additional and ongoing research is being conducted on the flag, so please call or email for pricing.

The flag has some obvious stress-pull areas, but is in overall good condition and still retains vivid color. Measurements: 56” x 58”.

Please read the research we have completed, as of this posting, regarding the Edwards connection, as well as George Farrish.

 Landon B. Edwards


Residence was not listed; 18 years old.  Enlisted on 9/20/1863 at Fort Drewry, VA as a Private.  On 9/20/1863 he mustered into VA Southside Heavy Artillery  He was discharged for disability on 3/18/1865  (Discharged due to heart disease) He was listed as: * Hospitalized 9/27/1864 (place not stated) * Attended lectures 11/1/1864 Richmond Medical College (Attended lectures through 03/01/65)

 

The following online posting was written by a John Stuart Edwards, on August 21, 2017:

My great-grandfather was Landon Brame Edwards (1845 – 1910). He was educated at Randolph-Macon College. At age 18, he left college and enlisted in Drewry’s Company, Virginia Artillery, and served the Confederate States of America until the end of the Civil War. After the war, my great-grandfather attended Richmond Medical College and New York University, where he received his M.D. in 1867.

Dr. Edwards became editor of the Virginia Medical Monthly and secretary of the Medical Society of Virginia, of which he was a founding member. He was an intern in the Charity Hospital on Blackwell’s Island and then assistant physician at the hospital for nervous diseases at Lake Mahopac, New York. He engaged in practice in 1868 at Lynchburg, Virginia, and two years later was active in establishing the Medical Society of Virginia.

In 1871, he married Nancy Pettyjohn Rucker (1849 – 1912) – my great-grandmother – who is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Founded in 1890, the DAR is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children. My great-grandparents gave birth to my grandfather, Landon Beirne Edwards in 1887, who married Kathleen Caughy Edwards (1890 – 1970). Her father, my other great-grandfather – was Charles M. Caughy who in 1893 was appointed by President Cleveland to be the United States Consul to Messina, Sicily, where he remained for 14 years. He transferred to be Consul to Milan, where he served until his return to the United States just before his death in 1913. My grandfather and grandmother gave birth to my father Alfred Caughy Edwards in 1922 who married my mother and gave birth to me. I have two sons and a granddaughter who inherit this heritage from me.

I am proud of my heritage, and to be an American who served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. My father served in WWII. My grandfather in WWI. My great-grandfather in the Civil War, and my great-great-great-grandfather in the American Revolution. That is a history to be proud of my friends and it is something I will never let anyone take away.

Son of Rev. John Ellis Edwards, brother of Rev. William Emory Edwards and leroy Summerfield Edwards.
He was educated at Randolph-Macon College. In 1863 he enlisted in Drewry’s Company, Virginia Artillery, and served until the end of the war. He graduated from the medical department of the University of New York in March 1867. He was an intern in the Charity Hospital on Blackwell’s Island and then assistant physician at the hospital for nervous diseases at Lake Mahopac, New York. He engaged in practice in 1868 at Lynchburg, Virginia, and two years later was active in establishing the Medical Society of Virginia and made recording secretary. He was a member of the state board of health in 1872. He established the “Virginia Medical Monthly” in April, 1874; was appointed lecturer on anatomy in the Virginia Medical College; lecturer on materia medica and therapeutics, 1875; and on medico-legal jurisprudence, in 1880.

 George W. Farrish

Residence was not listed; Enlisted on 4/3/1862 at Albemarle County, VA as a Private.  On 4/3/1862 he mustered into VA Campbell Light Artillery  He was transferred out on 6/21/1862  (Unit disbanded) On 6/21/1862 he transferred into “B” Co. VA 18th Battn Heavy Artillery  (date and method of discharge not given) He was listed as: * Detailed 12/15/1862 Battery Nr 13, Richmond, VA (As laborer) * Returned 3/15/1863 (place not stated) (Estimated day) * Detached 8/31/1864 Belle Isle, VA * On rolls 9/30/1864 (place not stated) (No further record)   (Entered Lee Camp Soldier’s Home, Richmond, VA June   28, 1926 at age 92.)

 

18th VA Heavy Artillery Battalion

Organized: on 6/21/62
Mustered Out: 4/9/65

 

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May ’63 Dec ’64 2nd Division, Inner Line Richmond Defenses   Dept of Richmond  
Dec ’64 Apr ’65 Artillery defenses     Dept of Richmond  
Apr ’65 Apr ’65 Crutchfield’s G.W.C. Lee’s   Army of Northern Virginia