Sunday, August 21, 2005

New "Old Glory"


Above is a photo of the full-scale replica of Captain Driver's "Old Glory" made by the fine folks at MrFlag.com (Charles Ashburner) in Swansea, Wales. It arrived at my office Friday. It is displayed here on the front of my house, flanked by the flags of Pitcairn Island, with which Captain Driver had an important connection, and the Rock City Guards, the Confederate infantry battalion from Nashville, in which Captain Driver's son, George, fought and died.

George Driver was Captain Driver's youngest son of military age, being 20 years old when he enlisted in 1861. Driver's Oldest son, William Christopher Driver, born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1827, also served in the Confederate army as Captain in the 7th Louisiana Infantry.

These three flags will displayed at a gathering of members of the North American Vexillological Association in Nashville in October during our visit to Captain Driver's grave. At the end of the convention, we will auction "Old Glory" to the help cover costs of the convention.

The web site for the NAVA convention is at http://nava39.info/.

4 Comments:

At 12:32 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What was the important connection with Pitcairn Island?

 
At 4:22 am, Blogger Devereaux said...

In 1831 the descendants of the mutineers from the HMS Bounty left Pitcairn Island for Tahiti. There they started to die of diseases for which they had no immunities. Captain Driver took them back to Pitcairn Island on the Charles Doggett.

 
At 10:24 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great information! I have a Pitcairn Island related weblog and put a link about your post and the connection to Captain Driver there:

http://www.pitcairnnews.co.nz/050826.html#captain_driver

 
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