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So fierce was the fighting at the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse in May 1864 during the Civil War that the regiment flag of the 1st Regiment N.C. State Troops was ripped from its pole during hand to hand combat between the flag bearer and a Union soldier.

Go behind-the-scenes at the N.C. Museum of History during a live webcast Dec. 10 to see how conservator Paige Myers cares for the flag of the 1st N.C. Troops and others like it.

The webcast will cover both conservation techniques and the history behind the Civil War flags now under conservation at the museum.

Registering for the webcast is FREE and easy on our website.

This program is part of a series organized by the Connecting to Collections Project (C2C) of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, in cooperation with the N.C. Museum of History. Future programs will examine conservation of Civil War cannons and other period artifacts.

A federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the Connecting to Collections Initiative makes this entire series possible.

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The frock coat of Lt. Col. Thomas Ruffin will be one of the items shown in the webcast

The frock coat of Lt. Col. Thomas Ruffin will be one of the items shown in the webcast

The bloodied coat of Lt. Col. Thomas Ruffin of Johnston County, worn when he was mortally wounded in battle in Virginia Oct. 15, 1863, is a challenge for N.C. Museum of History Conservator Paige Myers. As a conservator she seeks to prevent further damage to textiles in her care even as the ravages of war are still evident.

During a live webcast September 10 from the N.C. Museum of History, you can get a behind-the-scenes look at a working textile conservation lab and see some of techniques Myers uses to conserve Civil War uniforms.

Some of the highlights of the program will include:

  • A demonstration of treatment for the blood-stained frock coat worn by Lt. Col. Thomas H. Ruffin, of Franklin County
  • A look at the moth eaten frock coat of Col. Dennis D. Ferebee of Camden County
  • Discussion on the various treatments that conservators use to preserve Civil War-era fabrics and uniforms
  • The chance to ask Myers questions about her work and textiles in the museum’s collection via email and live chat

The webcast will be held on Tuesday, September 10 from 6 to 7 p.m., and an Internet connection is all that is required to participate. To register, simply fill out the form at http://www.ncdcr.gov/CivilWarTextiles.

This program is the first in a series organized by the Connecting to Collections Project (C2C) of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, in cooperation with the N.C. Museum of History. Future programs will examine the conservation of flags and garments from civilian life during the Civil War. The entire series is made possible thanks to a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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