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Flag - Sam Maxey / Fort Fisher
Flag of of Brig. Gen. Samuel Bell Maxey - Maxey was born in Kentucky, and graduated from West Point and fought in the Mexican-American War where he was cited for gallantry. In 1849 Maxey returned to Kentucky to study law and, along with his father, opened a law practice after passing the bar in 1851. In 1857 the two men relocated their families to Paris, Texas where they continued practicing law.

After raising the 1,120 man 9th Texas Regiment Maxey became the regiments Colonel, leading them from Texas to Memphis, TN. On March 7th, 1862 Maxey was promoted to Brig. General. In 1863 he was assigned command of the Indian Territory as a Maj. General, but this title was never officially approved by the Confederate Congress or President. In February of 1865 he turned control over the Indian Territory over to Brig. Gen. Stand Waitie, a Cherokee, and proceeded back to Texas where he resigned command in May of 1865 and return home to Paris, Texas. Maxey was allowed to formally surrender in July of 1865 and became a Prisoner of War, though he remained at his home on parole.

His regimental flag no longer survives, but was commemorated by his daughter Dora Maxey Lightfoot in a painting the sits in his home and museum in Paris, Texas. Family history passed down states the flag, a Stainless Banner with reversed canton, was used during his time in command of the Indian Territory.

Fort Fisher garrison flag - Now in the Cape Fear museum in Wilmington, NC., the garrison flag of Fort Fisher was captured in 1864. It took over 1,400 Union soldiers killed, wounded or missing out of the 10,000 men on shore and over 600 guns afloat to capture Fort Fisher and the 1,900 Confederate soldiers inside who refused to surrender until the last shot was expended.

Another example of this design can be found at the Civil War Museum in Richmond, VA. This flag was captured at Paine's Cross Roads, VA on April 5th, 1861 by Sgt. John Davidsiger of the 1st PA Cavalry. Which unit the flag belonged to is still unknown.

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