A REAL UCV FLAG FOR THE 1st SOUTH CAROLINA DATING TO THE 1920s-1930s

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It’s necessary to stress this is a real United Confederate Veterans flag since the fall-back position for many makers of fake Confederate flags that are not good enough to pass as wartime is to call them “UCV,” as if to compensate for workmanship. This is a fairly standard Confederate battle flag made of cotton in a correct square format with long ties, printed with white stars, preserving good color. A nicely painted inscription in gold paint, now muted in color, reading “UCV” was placed between the upper bars of the cross and a regimental designation “1” over “SC” was painted between the lower bars. A printed paper label reading “United Daughters of the Confederacy” is pasted at top center, just above the UCV designation.

The First South Carolina had a remarkable fighting record. Originally a six-month unit, many of the officers and men reenlisted in its new organization in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States in August 1861.

Assigned to General Gregg's and McGowan's Brigade, the unit fought with the Army of Northern Virginia from the Seven Days' Battles all the way through to Appomattox. According to NPS figures, the regiment lost 20 killed and 133 wounded during the Seven Days' Battles, had fifty-three percent disabled of the 283 engaged at Second Manassas, 4 killed and 30 wounded at Antietam, suffered 73 casualties at Fredericksburg and 104 at Chancellorsville, and then lost thirty-four percent of the 328 on the field at Gettysburg. There were 16 killed, 114 wounded, and 7 missing at Wilderness and 19 killed, 51 wounded, and 9 missing at Spotsylvania. On April 9, 1865, it surrendered with just 18 officers and 101 men.

The condition of the flag is quite good, with no obvious tears or damage. The position of the ties suggests this was hung as a banner for display in a town library or meeting hall with the narrow paper label indicating ownership by the local chapter of the UCV. The men were from Charleston and Columbia, and the counties of Darlington, Marion, Horry, Aiken, and Florence, so it likely originated in one of those areas. It is temporarily mounted for display on a board with clear plastic stretched over it to protect it and would merit a professional frame.  [sr]

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