"All should unite in honest efforts to obliterate the effects of war, and to restore the blessings of peace."
-- Robert E. Lee, August 1865
Thirty-One Star United States Flag, about 1858
One of the first US flags to fly over Richmond in April 1865.
This 31-star United States flag was taken back to New Jersey by Maj. Frederick Martin. His granddaughter gave it to the Westfield New Jersey Historical Society, which gave it to the Virginia Historical Society "as a symbol of friendship between two historical societies, one in the South, and one in the North." The star patter reflects our national motto -- "Out of many, One."