TIL about the Confederate Truce Flag, now housed at the National Museum of American History. It was preserved by General George Armstrong Custer, who was present at the surrender of Robert E. Lee.

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The only Confederate heritage worth noting.


And Custer had nothing else interesting happen to him for the rest of his career.


The Confederates literally used a towel as their flag of truce.


The true confederate flag.


Custer also can be credited with saving the table upon which Lee’s surrender was signed at Appamattox. He requested it as a gift for his wife from General Grant following the surrender proceedings, and rode away on his horse from the house with the table balanced in his head. Following Libby Custers death the table was given to the Smithsonian, where it is on display.