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WEB EXCLUSIVE: Family donates Civil War-era Confederate flag

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Down Spur 144, just outside the Richmond Hill City limits, sits the remains of Fort McAllister. Now a state park, relics from the Civil War era can be seen inside the museum. And now, Park Ranger Danny Brown says there's one more item to add to the collection, a Confederate flag.

"I was surprised that it even still existed," Brown said. "The fact that the family would want to donate it, it is in beautiful condition, immaculate, to us it's priceless."

The flag actually flew at Fort McAllister in 1863. Brown said it was presented to the Emmett Rifles, soldiers who served at the fort. They were eventually captured by Union soldiers and Gen. William T. Sherman during his March to the Sea on Dec. 13, 1864.

"When it was captured, it was taken back to Maine," Brown explained. "It was in a box, out of the sunlight. Then for about 20 years, it was on display. Thanks to the Clayton family, we got it back this year."

Generations of the Clayton family kept the flag. They plan to ceremoniously give it back to the fort this weekend.

"There was a note in the box that basically said return to Atlanta or Savannah,'" said Brown. "So, the family decided to honor the note that was in the box and bring it back to us."

It's another piece of the puzzle now added to the history of Fort McAllister.

The official dedication will take place at 11 a.m. April 21 at Fort McAllister. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

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