Iowa Civil War flags destroyed after being damaged

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Eight Civil War flags in Iowa’s historical museum collection have been destroyed after officials determined they were too damaged by mold and sewage to salvage.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/17N9QYl) that the flags were thought to be those of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Civil War veterans. The 12-inch square flags were possibly used as graveside memorials.

Officials say the damage occurred more than 25 years ago, before the state moved its historical collections from the basement of an old building into a new building in Des Moines.

State officials held on to the flags for decades before deciding they were too badly damaged to have any value.

A Civil War uniformed honor guard regiment disposed of the flags in a 2012 burning ceremony.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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