Sallie E. Wayland Letter
Kentucky Historical Society. Special Collections & Archives.Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-1931
Access at KHS only. Use microfilm, transcriptions or images when available.
[Identification of item], Sallie E. Wayland Letter, 1897, 93SC08,Library Special Collections and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.
Sallie C. Wayland of Louisville wrote this letter April 20, 1897, to General Fayette Hewitt concerning the possible sale of a Confederate flag.
Wayland hoped to gain funds for the education of her daughters. Her letter gave some historical background for the flag and her possession of it. Wayland's husband, Adam, was a sergeant with company K of the 2nd Kentucky Regiment, which was part of the Orphan Brigade. According to Sallie Wayland, Adam picked up the flag from its fallen bearer on a battlefield she did not name, and wore it around his waist until he came home. She reported that he died suddenly of lockjaw after stepping on a nail, but she did not say if this occurred during the war.
Her letter said the flag was originally made and presented to the regiment by the "ladies of Lexington." The flag bore a white silk stripe marked with the name of the 1st Kentucky Regiment. This stripe was a piece of the wedding dress of Mary Cyrene Burch Breckinridge [Mrs. John C]. That stripe was covered with another marked 2nd Ky. Reg. Sallie Wayland noted that this marking, in gilt lettering, was upside down.
This flag is believed to be among the collections of the Kentucky Military History Museum.
Variant Name: General Fayette Hewitt Letter
Creator's Occupation: Homemaker
County: Jefferson; Fayette
Hosted by the University of Kentucky
Contact us: email@example.com