William H. Sanders, my great-great-grandfather and the grandfather of Charlestonian John Henry Bevis Sr., smuggled his regiment's flag from his surrender at Appomattox by concealing it under his uniform.

The flag is now in the Union (S.C.) Museum.

At the time of his surrender, the regiment's name was South Carolina 7th Cavalry Regiment Company C. Sanders joined in the "Palmetto Sharpshooters South Carolina Volunteers.

Sanders, who was wounded in the right thigh by a mini ball while in Virginia in August 1864, also served in several other regiments, as was the custom. After regiments became smaller due to war loss, they banded with other regiments