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Preserving Civil War flags hit by budget cuts

Preservation funds for the nation's priceless collection of Civil War battle flags are being dropped or cut due to extraordinarily tight budgets for many of the states that house large collections of banners such as New York, with more than 800.

Chris Carola of the Associated Press has written a story that finds states on both sides of the war are now facing the same problem of how to maintain a collection of flags -- many made of silk and heavily damaged in battle -- until funds become available again for proper restoration.

By Linda Wheeler  |  January 6, 2010; 5:04 PM ET
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