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Video details NY effort to conserve Civil War flag

Wednesday - 1/25/2012, 11:37am  ET

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The New York State Military Museum has created a video that shows some of the meticulous work conducted to conserve a flag at the center of a deadly encounter in the opening weeks of the Civil War.

The flag is the large Confederate banner James Jackson flew from the top of his Marshall House hotel in Alexandria, Va., in May 1861. Jackson fatally shot Col. Elmer Ellsworth of Mechanicville, N.Y., after Ellsworth removed the flag from the hotel roof. One of Ellsworth's soldiers then killed Jackson.

Ellsworth, a close friend of President Abraham Lincoln, was the first Union officer killed in the war.

Experts at New York's parks office conserved the tattered flag, which is on display at the state Capital in Albany. A seven-minute video of their efforts has been posted on YouTube.

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