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"Captured by moonlight" Tampa Bay Flag

"Captured by moonlight" Tampa Bay Flag

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Each purchase comes with three stickers or one magnet.

Original Flag can be viewed here

This flag is inscribed on the white edge: "Captured by Moonlight after a long chase comenced near Tampa bay." Based on this notation, the flag was apparently taken by the crew of a Union ship from a captured Southern vessel along Florida’s central Gulf coast. Tampa Bay was an active area for Southern blockade-runners. These vessels are known to have flown a variety of different flag patterns; however, this example appears to be of a unique design. Alternatively, because of its somewhat similar appearance to the St. John's River flag (TSLAC 306-4062), one independent researcher has speculated that this flag could perhaps have originally been used in the Confederate artillery battery at Fort Brooke, Tampa, which was occupied by troops of the 2nd Florida Battalion. However, no documentation is known that substantiates this theory.

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