(AP) — A 150-year-old American flag handmade by a woman in tribute to her son after he joined an Illinois regiment in the Civil War will go on public display for the first time.
The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports that the flag was donated last year to the Lake County Discovery Museum by a descendant of soldier Edward Murray.
The newspaper reported Saturday that the 4-by 8-foot flag had been hidden in a shoe box for many years.
It is too fragile to go on permanent display, but visitors can see it July 13 and 14 at the museum at the Lakewood Forest Preserve near Wauconda.
Murray was a Newport Township farmer. He was shot and wounded in 1863 during the Battle of Chickamauga in Georgia.