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Description

The name “Old Glory” was loudly proclaimed in 1824 by Captain William Driver as he hoisted the flag given to him as a birthday present. The flag would accompany Driver on his numerous voyages around the world. When he gave up seafaring and moved inland to Nashville, Tennessee in 1837, Driver continued to display the flag proudly by hanging it from a locust tree. He even updated the flag in 1861 to reflect thirty-four stars and added an anchor in the corner to indicate his sea service. When Tennessee seceded from the Union, Driver had the foresight to hide the flag and had his daughter conceal it inside a quilt, which was overlooked in numerous raids on his house. Old Glory remained in the quilt until February 25, 1862 when Ulysses S. Grant captured Fort Donelson and occupied Nashville. On that day Driver uncovered the flag, marched through the streets to the capitol building, climbed to its dome, and hoisted the flag for all to see.
Location

Currently not on view
Object Name

flag
date made

1824
associated date

1862-02- 25
associated place

United States
Physical Description

bunting (overall material)
Measurements

overall: 202 1/2 in x 110 in; 514.35 cm x 279.4 cm
ID Number

AF.32605
catalog number

32605
accession number

69281
Credit Line

Mary J. D. Roland
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Military

Civil War
Data Source

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