ROLE OF THE CHURCH DURING THE CIVIL WAR
Presentation of the Confederate Flag to Company I, 6th Georgia Regiment-In June of 1861 an American Civil War Battle Flag was hand sewn by the women of the church and presented to Company I, 6th Georgia Regiment. Sergeant Warren, the Color-bearer for the Regiment, received the flag as it was presented from the ladies by Mrs. Isolene Minter Wimberly.
The Color Bearer was not merely appointed. The man chosen showed tremendous aptitude, bravery and courage. It was one of the highest honors awarded elevating the ordinary soldier to extraordinary status. Pictured is the actual flag for the 6th Georgia Regiment. It was donated in 2004 to the Georgia State Flag Collection by Emory University. A copy of the flag, made by Pamela Hendrix, graces the historic display area of the church.
SUPPLIES FOR THE WAR MADE BY LADIES OF THE CHURCH
The Ladies of the church made first aid kits and personal items such comfort bags, a bag that contained items a soldier might find comfort during his time on campaign. Also made were necessary bags, sleeping caps, and woolen socks.
Specific sizes for bandages and medicines were request from field surgeons of all Southern sympathizers. Muslin and sheeting strips from 1 inch to 12 inches were needed to bind the wounds of our dear Southern boys. The ladies of the church brought what meager supplies they could scrounge and packed them for delivery to the many field hospitals in Georgia and beyond.
One might include any of the following items in their comfort and necessary bags: Initial embroidered needle book, wool patching cloth, silk & cotton embroidery thread, bone and paper backed tin buttons, needles already threaded with waxed thread, pasteboard thread winder with thread drawn through beeswax, logwood dyed cotton, natural linen, non- mercerized black cotton, hanks of hemp twine in three thicknesses (handyman’s friend of the 1800’s), lye and tallow soap too treat poison ivy, (a stiff lather was spread on the affected skin until dry), unbleached muslin cloth “necessary cloths” pre-washed for softness and snipped at the middle edge to divide easily, woven and shirting cloth, cornstarch bag (one hand sewn bag inside a second one to prevent spillage).
Cornstarch has long been used as powder to prevent chafing and absorb sweat. Simply pat the inner bag of cornstarch against your skin and feel relief from chafing. The cornstarch will be dispensed through the pores of the muslin. Keep tightly drawn, fold over the top and store in the second hand sewn bag.
A hand sewn toothbrush bag was included for protecting toothbrush made of bone handle and boar bristles, bag with fatwood chips and kindling for starting a fire in any weather condition, flour sack towel, lump of beeswax wrapped in cotton cloth for easing chapped lips and waxing thread, journal for recording notes, sharpened cedar pencil, a tin of strike anywhere matches, 100% stearine (tallow) or beeswax candles.
One can only imagine the anticipation that ruled the minds and hearts of those left at home during those awful days, indeed years of war. Surely, many gazed out their windows wondering …………