Historic Markers Across Georgia



First Confederate Flag Raising in Georgia



Marker ID: GHM 152-3
Location: On Hamilton Street at the Courthouse in Preston, GA
County: Webster
Coordinates: N 32° 3.966    W 084° 32.199
  32.06610624    -84.53665543
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMNME
First Confederate Flag Raising in Georgia Marker
Photo by Sneakin Deacon



Text:

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.

GHM 152-3 GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION 1955




First Confederate Flag Raising in Georgia
Photo by Sneakin Deacon



 

152-3