Ella Bishop Flag

From the collections of the
Kentucky Historical Society
Accession Number 1991.48.45

Ella Bishop Flag, 1862

84" x 120"

In 1862, Confederate soldiers were forced out of Kentucky. Before they left, some raided Lexington. They tore down and destroyed lots of Union flags. This was one of the flags that they took. However, a young woman named Ella Bishop somehow saved it from them, and she refused to give it back. Because this was such a brave thing to do, the Union named the local army camp Camp Ella Bishop. Most camps were named for famous politicians or soldiers, so this was quite an honor.