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Treasures from the Capitol Museum: Richmond Hussars' Flag

August 5, 2014
Early American flag hanging in the Capitol Museum

Hung high on the top floor of the Georgia State Capitol Museum sits an early version of the American flag. Although we don’t know the exact origins of this artifact, we’ve been able to gather a slight peak into its history.

Before its retirement in the 1860s, this flag followed a band of cavalry militia known as the Richmond Hussars. Created in Augusta, GA in the early 19th century, the Richmond Hussars served in a variety of wars and battles throughout America’s history. For example, they helped fight in the Second Seminole War, they helped with Cobb’s Legion during the Civil War and they provided service during both World Wars.

It’s awe-inspiring seeing this flag in person. Such an old object that has seen so much through the centuries hanging there before you. It really helps put Georgia’s history in perspective. Many other relics and artifacts reside on the top floor of the Georgia State Capitol — known as the Capitol Museum. Feel free to see them all for yourself by going on a guided tour of the Capitol Museum.

About the Author

Bethany McDaniel is the Editorial Director for GeorgiaGov. She graduated from Berry College in Rome, Ga., with degrees in Visual Communication and History.

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