A native of Lincolnton, North Carolina, General Robert F. Hoke rose to the rank of major general during the Civil War. This is a second national pattern Confederate flag adopted on May 1, 1863 and used until replaced on March 4, 1865. Because of its large white field this pattern flag was nicknamed the “stainless banner.” This flag most certainly marked Hoke’s headquarters during his brilliant victory at Plymouth, North Carolina on April 20, 1864. This flag was donated to the state sometime afte
In the past, famous flags often were cut to pieces. Strange as it seems today, some of the most important flags in history lost much of their fabric to souvenir hunters. Veterans, family members, historians, and the general public often wrote to the owners of battle flags (such as the Star-Spangled Banner) for pieces. The owners would oblige by cutting out pieces of material, large or small, which were then cherished as mementos of the events the flag had been associated with.
This flag is very unique in that it is the only Lee family Confederate flag still in private hands. The provenance is certain as the flag was passed down to Sidney Smith Lee’s son, Confederate General Fitzhugh Lee who was later Governor of Virginia. From the CW Gazette