VIRGINIA DIVISION
SESQUICENTENNIAL PROJECT

Conservation of the
Crenshaw Battery Battle Flag

Historical Program Available

The Virginia Division has undertaken the conservation of the Crenshaw Battery Battle Flag as a Sesquicentennial project. The flag came into the possession of the division in 1941, when the Camp Lee Soldiers' Home closed in Richmond. The home's historical artifacts were dispersed to various entities. The Virginia Division was the recipient of numerous paintings, maps, flags, and other items, including the Crenshaw Battery flag. In recent years, the flag has been displayed at the Warren Rifles Confederate Memorial Museum, Inc., in Front Royal.

The Division's Special Committee for the 150th Anniversary of the War Between the States has developed a historical program on the history of the Crenshaw Battery and its leader, William G. Crenshaw. The program also includes a detailed description of the flag and information on the conservation process.

The historical program is intended to raise awareness about the project and the Virginia Division's role in the preservation of this artifact. Several chapters picked up a copy of the program at the Division Conference. If your chapter did not get a copy, you may obtain one by contacting one of the members listed below.

Between now and May 2015, the Committee is challenging each Virginia UDC member to donate at least $1.00 to support Virginia Division's Sesquicentennial project. Check donations should be made out to "Treasurer, Virginia Division UDC" with a notation indicating that the funds are for the "Crenshaw Battery Flag Project" and may be mailed to:

Sandra Wright
16463 Horseshoe Lane
Beaverdam, VA 23015-1235

By contributing to the conservation of this unique artifact each member will be fulfilling the objectives of the UDC by preserving the material necessary for a truthful history of the War Between the States and by honoring the memory of those who served and those who fell in the service of the Confederate States of America.

Debra A. McClane, dmcclane1@verizon.net, 804/233-3890
Susan Hudson, karisma@hughes.net, 804/453-9156