The members of the Blue and Gray Education Society successfully funded the replica flags for the Presidential Box at Ford’s Theatre. The flags were officially dedicated July 11, 2009. Here is an account of the dedication, complete with pictures as a downloadable pdf.
The Blue and Gray Education Society is always looking for exciting opportunities to promote the study and understanding of the American Civil War. In 2009, we joined with the National Park Service in commemoration of the Bicentennial of President Lincoln’s birth by providing replica flags for the Presidential Box at Ford’s Theatre. We are honored to be able to make this gift to the American people and ask that you join in this effort.
Lincoln’s assassination was arguably one of the last major events in the Civil War; as the site of that event, we believe the Ford’s Theater should be preserved in much the same manner as the battlefields. The Ford’s Theatre was undergoing renovation, including the Presidential Box. We participated by funding the replacement of three of the flags that hung on the Presidential Box on the night of Lincoln’s assassination. The flags are exact replicas, down to the silk materials and hand painting.
Here is a paper describing the complete details of this project, as a downloadable pdf.