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"Wallace Foster & Son" W.R.C. Flag Stand circa 1918

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Posted 3 years ago

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Merlywwn
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This could be one of the 453 Flag Stands donated to the Women's Relief Corp by Captain Wallace Foster, a.k.a. Indiana's "The Flag Man".

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  1. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    Nice WRC flag stand-- what is the story behind the donations mentioned?

    Scott
  2. Merlywwn, 3 years ago
    scottvez,
    I stand corrected. After rereading, Journal of the 35 National Convention of the Woman's Relief Corps, Volume 35, Part 1917 By Woman's Relief Corps (U.S.). National Convention. There were actually 906 made and sold for the Women's Relief Corps. 453 with 1000 Flags for $266.07 and then 453 additional Flag Stands for $86.07.
    Capt Foster a.k.a. "The Flag Man" was very active in teaching the public about the history of the National Colors, and often worked with the W.R.C. So much so, that he actually did speak at one of their Conventions.
  3. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    I am not sure if you have this but here is the history of Wallace:

    Residence Indianapolis IN
    On 1/15/1862 he was commissioned into "H" Co. IN 13th Infantry
    Promotions: Capt 4/1/1863
    He Resigned on 7/29/1863
    He had previous service with the 11th IN (about 4 months)

    He was not involved in any major battles during his service.

    Scott
  4. Merlywwn, 3 years ago
    scottvez,
    If by Major Battles you are referring to any Battles that may have be considered Main Stream, then no he wasn't. However, he was involved in quite a few skirmishes that pitted him against the likes of Stonewall Jackson and Longstreet, during his short service.
    I did some research on Ancestry to see what I could find from his Civil War Service:
    Served with D and H Companies of the 11th Indiana from 20 April 1861 through 2 August 1861. During this time he would be Commissioned as an Ensign and eventually a 2nd Lieutenant.

    A brief history of the 11th Indiana:
    11th Regiment Infantry (3 Months)
    Organized at Indianapolis, Ind., April 21-25, 1861.
    Duty picketing the Ohio River, near Evansville, Ind., until June 7.
    Moved to Cumberland, Md., June 7-9.
    Action at Romney June 13.
    Seneca Mills June 14.
    Frankfort and Patterson Creek June 27.
    March to Bunker Hill July 8 and joined Patterson's command.
    Expedition to Romney July 11-13.
    Moved to Indianapolis, Ind., July 29. Mustered out August 2, 1861.
    He was Commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant in H Company, 13th Indiana on 15 January 1862. You are correct about the dates of his promotion to Captain and his resignation.
    Some history of the 13th Indiana during his service with them:
    1862:
    Skirmishes at Bath, Hancock, Great Cacapon Brdge, Alpine Station and Sir John's Run January 1-4.
    Advance on Winchester, Va., March 5-15.
    Kernstown March 22. Battle of Winchester March 23.
    Occupation of Mt. Jackson April 17.
    Summerville Heights May 7.
    March to Fredericksburg May 12-21, and return to Front Royal May 25-30.
    Battle of Port Republic June 9.
    Moved to the Peninsula, Va., June 29-July 2.
    At Harrison's Landing till August 16.
    Moved to Fortress Monroe August 16-23, thence to Suffolk, Va., August 30, and duty there till June 27, 1863.
    Reconnaissance to Franklin on the Blackwater October 3, 1862. Franklin October 3.
    Zuni Minor's Ford December 12.
    1863:
    Expedition toward Blackwater January 8-10, 1863.
    Action at Deserted House January 30.
    Leesville April 4.
    Siege of Suffolk April 12-May 4.
    Edenton, Providence Church and Somerton Roads April 13.
    Suffolk April 17.
    Edenton Road April 24.
    Siege of Suffolk raised May 4.
    Foster's Plantation May 20.
    Dix's Peninsula Campaign June 24-July 7.
    Expedition from White House to South Anna Bridge July 1-7.
    South Anna Bridge July 4.
    Moved to Folly Island, S.C., July 28-August 3.
    I only listed the Unit's actions for the period that Captain Wallace Foster would have served with unit. Listed below are some wiki articles pertaining to this information.

    11th Regiment Indiana Infantry - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11th_Regiment_Indiana_Infantry
    13th Regiment Indiana Infantry - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/13th_Regiment_Indiana_Infantry
    Siege of Suffolk - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Suffolk
    Joint Expedition Against Franklin - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joint_Expedition_Against_Franklin
    Battle of Port Republic - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Port_Republic
    First Battle of Kernstown - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Battle_of_Kernstown

  5. Merlywwn, 3 years ago
    AR8Jason,
    Thanks for the advice. I was thinking about having one of the them refinished for myself. Not sure what to do about the other 3 right now. Maybe give one to each of my kids.

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