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Nancy Buswell’s Civil War Flag


Haverhill resident and local milliner Nancy Buswell is said to have created this silk flag in the space of just 56 hours in April 1861 before the Hale Guards, in which her brother E. K. Davis was a soldier, left for war. The flag was present at the Battle of Bull Run in July 1861, but was soon thought to have been lost amidst the chaos of the Civil War. It was not until 1904 that the flag was recovered and returned to Major Howe Post 47, and is now exhibited at The Buttonwoods Museum in Haverhill.

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