Retained Copy of R.S. Ripley Letter Regarding the Fort Moultrie Flag, 1861

Ripley, R.S. (1823-1887). Retained copy of ALS as Lieutenant Colonel, 2pp, 7.75 x 9.5 in., "Head Quarters, battalion of Artillery, S. Ca., Fort Sumter." May 13, 1861. Addressed to Francis Wilkinson Pickens, Governor of South Carolina, presenting him with the Flag of Fort Moultrie.

This letter, recorded by F.J. Moses, Jr., Private Secretary to Governor Pickens upon receipt, accompanied the Flag of South Carolina that had been presented to the garrison of Fort Moultrie in February by "three ladies of Charleston, Mrs. Charles A. Scanlaw, Mrs. Julia Kunhardt, and Miss Kate Hall." Ripley notes that during the attack on the fort, the flag was "four times perforated by the shots. . . three of which are still visible. The fourth was cut out by a prominent citizen of Virginia" as proof of the battle.

Accompanied by an envelope bearing inscription: "Copy of Colonel Ripley's letter to Governor Pickens sending the Flag of Fort Moultrie. June 13, 1861."


Light vertical stains near center of both pages, not detrimental to letter's legibility.

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