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Never-exhibited battle flags shown at NC museum

By: The Associated Press
January 25, 2014 Updated: January 25, 2014 at 6:45 am
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Battle flags that have never been exhibited haven't been on view for years are part of a Civil War exhibit at the N.C. Museum of History.

The exhibit, titled "North Carolina and the Civil War: The Bitter End, 1864-1865," is the final exhibit in a three-part series commemorating the 150th anniversary of the war.

The flags have been conserved through funding provided by Civil War re-enactment groups and organizations. Flags will be changed periodically to avoid prolonged exposure to light.

The exhibit begins in the spring of 1864, when heavy fighting in Virginia was thinning the ranks of Tar Heel troops. The exhibit concludes with the surrender of the CSS Shenandoah in Liverpool, England, on Nov. 6, 1865.

In addition to the flags, other artifacts include revolvers, swords and uniforms.

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