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Webster County Courthouse


First Confederate Flag Raising Marker, Preston, GA.

This marker is placed in the Webster County Courthouse, Preston, Georgia where the first Confederate flag raising took place in 1861.

The text on the marker reads as :

" On this Courthouse lawn the first Confederate flag raising in Georgia took place March 31, 1861. Judge David B. Harrell of Webster County, Capt. James Pickett of Red Hill, Dr. Harvis Pickett of Weston, with their companies of soldiers, trained in Preston. Voting for Miss Mollie Josey as the most popular girl in town, the troops chose her to raise the flag. With much ceremony and enthusiasm a vast crowd witnessed the rites. At the end of the war Union troops stationed in Preston cut down and destroyed the flagpole."

Sponsored by the Georgia Historical Commission 1955.

Latitude, Longitude

32.06620278, -84.53713333

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Taylor, George Lansing, Jr.; Lance Taylor; Photographers -- Florida -- Jacksonville; Photograph collections -- Florida -- Jacksonville; First Confederate Flag Raising Marker; Webster County Courthouse; Miss Mollie Josey; Confederate flag; Webster County (Ga.); Preston (Ga.); Historical marker --- Georgia --- Preston.; Images


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