Civil War flag on display in Oshkosh

Published On: Nov 24 2012 12:16:21 PM CST
OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- -

A piece of Civil War history is on display at an Oshkosh museum.

In 1861, as a call to arms reached Oshkosh, three companies began to emerge, including one formed by John W. Scott.

Oshkosh Public Museum curator Debra Daubert says women in the area gathered all the silk they could find to create American flags. They hand-stitched 34 stars onto a flag in no particular pattern. Before they left for war, the flag was presented to Scott's men, who would help form the 3rd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry.

Museum archivist Scott Cross says after the flag left Oshkosh, there are no further records until the Scott family donated the flag to the museum in the 1920s.

Later, WLUK-TV says a conservator would spend a year painstakingly restoring it. It's on display through next April.