FREMONT — Sandusky County Commissioners have agreed to pay $9,000 to restore a regimental flag carried by local soldiers in the Civil War. Restoration will be by the Intermuseum Conservation Association in Cleveland, a nonprofit art conservation center.
The Sandusky County Historical Society discovered the 150-year-old flag in the attic of its Birchard Avenue home. It was carried by the 72nd Ohio Fort Stephenson Regiment, which was made up of some 900 men from Sandusky County.
Fred Recktenwald of the society said the flag was lost at the Battle of Shiloh on April 6, 1862, but saved by a Confederate general and eventually sold at an auction in 1896. He said it’s unknown how it wound up with the society.