Civil-War Era Flag Unfurled At St. Johnsbury History & Heritage Center

Jen Paine, a volunteer at the St. Johnsbury History & Heritage Center, unfolds an American flag at the center on June 13, 2019. The flag has 36 stars on it and was flown at the end of the Civil War. It was gifted to the Fairbanks Museum in 2000 by Bob Swartz, of St. Johnsbury. It belonged to his great grandfather. (Photo by Dana Gray)

ST. JOHNSBURY — As an acknowledgment of Flag Day yesterday, a volunteer at the St. Johnsbury History & Heritage center retrieved and displayed a flag that flew toward the end of the Civil War that belonged to local resident Bob Swartz’s great grandfather.

The Center has in its collection of items of historical significance several flags, most notably an American flag dating back to the Civil War made in 1861 for Second Lieutenant John W. Ramsay of St. Johnsbury, a soldier who lost his life in Virginia during the Civil War. There are 34 stars on the flag for the number of states in the union at the time.

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