History Detectives, on PBS, is devoted to exploring and solving historical mysteries. The crew has been asked to solve a case that has brought them to our very own New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, NY.
The show, currently in its tenth season, will air on Tuesday, July 31st, at 8 PM on PBS.
“While going through some boxes that belonged to her parents, Gale Bay made a startling discovery: in an envelope labeled “relics” she found a swatch of tattered, red fabric about an inch round which apparently belonged to her Great-grandfather, Ira Wilson, also known as Ira Underhill Travis.
Her family had collected several letters that Ira Wilson wrote from Alexandria, VA including one in May of 1861 in which he refers to his slain commander, Col. Ellsworth. A Col. Elmer Ellsworth was the first Union officer killed in the Civil War. A Virginia innkeeper shot Ellsworth at close range as he removed a confederate flag that President Lincoln could see from the White House.
Gale asks History Detectives host Gwen Wright to find out if this red piece of fabric came from the flag that cost Col. Ellsworth his life.” ~ PBS.com
The case takes History Detectives to the New York State Military Museum, which is home to the world’s largest collection of Civil War flags. Also on display at the Military Museum is the uniform of Col. Elmer Ellsworth.
Join the detectives as they try to solve the case of the Marshall House Flag. The show will air on Tuesday, July 31 at 8 PM on PBS.
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