Union banner, Rachel Simon Louis, 1855

Loyal Southerners

The Lewis family of Richmond remained loyal to the Union during the war but dared not show their sympathies. When Union forces arrived on April 3, 1865, they removed this banner from its hiding place behind a mirror and proudly displayed it on the front of their home. The banner commemorates George Washington’s victory at Yorktown in 1781, and it was made by family member Rachel Simon Lewis.