PIECE OF A FLAG FROM THE USS BROOKLYN

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Item Code: M23349

Nicely matted, shrink-wrapped section of flag which includes a copy of a black and white photograph of the ship, and a copy of a handwritten note identifying the flag.  The section of fringe measures approximately 2 ½” x 2 ½”, with an attached section of silk.  Included on the reverse of the display is a hand signed letter of authenticity on Horse Soldier stationery which includes the history described below.

The flag of which this piece was a part was sold via James D. Julia’s auction house as Lot 2114 in their October 1-2, 2012 auction.  It was accompanied by a 1932 dated tag from a GAR Post, a copy of which accompanies this item. It states that the flag was flown on the Brooklyn at Fort Moultrie, SC at the beginning of the Civil War.

The first of three ships of the US Navy which have borne the same name, the first USS Brooklyn was a wooden screw sloop launched in 1858 by Jacob Westervelt and Son, New York, New York, and commissioned 26 January 1859, Captain David Farragut in command.

Brooklyn was active in Caribbean operations until the start of the American Civil War at which time she became an active participant in the Union blockade of the Confederate States of America.

With her one 10-inch gun and twenty 9-inch guns, Brooklyn was a formidable fighting ship that could deliver damaging broadsides, and served on the Atlantic Ocean coast as well as the Gulf Coast of the United States in intercepting blockade runners. Brooklyn also served gallantly attacking Confederate forts and other installations on the Mississippi River.

Post-war, Brooklyn remained active, serving for some years in the European theatre, as well as circumnavigating the globe. She was retired in 1889 and sold in 1890 after having well served her country for over three decades.

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