From the Richmond Enquirer, September 16, 1862.]
THE WINDER CAVALRY.
The gallant company of Marylanders, commanded by Captain William I. Rasin, has just been presented with a beautiful flag by the ladies of Kent county, Maryland, from which county many of the company have come to the Confederate service. The flag is a perfect bijou, almost too fine for our rough-and-ready cavalry. It displays the old Confederate colors—red, white, and red—dear to the hearts of true Maryland women. The union shown on one side the arras of Maryland; on the other a blue field with eleven golden stars and the legend, "Hope is Our Watchword and Truth our Guiding Star." It is richly ornamented with bullion fringe and tassels, and bears upon a silver plate on the flagstaff the inscription: "Presented to (the Winder cavalry), Company E, First Maryland cavalry, Confederate States of America, Captain William I. Rasin commanding, by the ladies of Kent county, Maryland. May its crimson folds burn fiercely through the storm of battle, till the brave men who bear it can wave it triumphantly over Kent County, Maryland."
After the surrender at Appomattox the flag was folded away carefully by survivors of Company E, The flag was presented to the Richmond Confederate Museum in 1933 by Mrs Mary Rasin, the captains wife, the flag transfered and remains in the collection of the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond Va.
Our unit has paid to have this flag cleaned in 2006
The Winder Cavalry flag is currently, 2016, under going conservation. The funding is being provided through a generous donation made by John Zebelcan, of the Sons Of Confederate Veterans.
The Flags Project of the Winder Cavalry, set four objectives
Reseach and locate the surviving flags and banners of the 1st Maryland Cavalry CSA
Accurately reproduce those flags and banners for reenactment use offer a presentation of our work to the genneral public through schools, historical societies, civil war veteran's camps and roundtables.
Provide funding for the cleaning and conservation of the original surviving flags of the 1st Maryland Cavalry CSA
The first two objectives have been met and we are happy to offer our presentation to the public
The principle speaker, James McGlincy, is a member of the National Registry of Living Historians. His work on the flags project has been endorsed by the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Maryland Sons of Confederate Veterans Color Guard, and the State Archives in Annapolis Maryland. The presentation includes histories of the flags with a display of the reproductions, followed by questions and answers. The presentation lasts about 45 minutes.The proceeds from these presentations goes toward the final objective, The Winder Cavalry's commitment to clean and conserve the original flags of our unit.
If your group is interested this presentation, please contact
Lt. Colonel Jim McGlincy at 410-808-3849
Jim McGlincy, has spent 15 years researching, his relative Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest. you can follow him through "An evening with General N.B. Forrest" on facebook.
Garrett Shipley, is working on Confederate General JEB Stuart
Mike Sipes is well known for his portral of Confederate General Jubal Early, you can follow Mike at "Lee's Lieutenants" website.
Dennis Cole is Confederate General Lo Armistead,you can follow Dennis at "Lee's Lieutenants" website.