Linn County man recreates Iowa Civil War battle flag down to the last stitch

Linn County man recreates Iowa Civil War battle flag down to the last stitch
Linn County man recreates Iowa Civil War battle flag down to the last stitch

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – A Linn County man has spent the past three weeks recreating a Civil War battle flag from Iowa to bring to Prairie Grove, Arkansas, to recreate the 1862 battle the week next.

Brandon Jolly recreates Civil War memorabilia including flags, uniforms, and more. ; his last was that of the flag of the 19th Iowa Company C.

“It’s an exact facsimile of how the original was laid out,” Jolly said.

Jolly used a projector to get each piece of fabric to the right size, making sure the stars were all in the right place and the flag was the same size as the original.

“Part of what we do as living historians is to recreate what the soldier and the regiment as a whole would have looked like,” he said.

Restoring and recreating history is a family affair for Jolly.

“My dad wanted to get involved in Civil War reenactment and thought that was cool, and I thought my dad was really cool,” he said.

However, the meaning deepened after fighting for the flag itself. He served with the Army’s 9th Psychological Operations Battalion and deployed to Iraq in 2007.

“In Iraq, I flew a lot of flags for my family members and gave them to my family members in their honor,” Jolly said.

For Jolly, the Civil War has a special meaning that goes beyond the Union and the Confederacy.

“Both sides are American,” he said.

It’s about remembering everyone who fought for the flag.

“The flag has changed a lot over the years in terms of the number of stars and stripes on it, but the soldiers who fought under the flag haven’t changed for generations,” he said.

After the reenactment next week, the flag will be loaned to the Washington County Military Museum.

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