The Artifact Gallery was made possible by a generous gift from the William T. Kemper Foundation – Commerce Bank, Trustee.
This 34-star U.S. national flag belonged to the Lucien and Emily Eaton family and probably was flown from their house to show their support for the Union. It bears a handwritten inscription of Mrs. Eaton’s name and the address of their residence during the war. Both Lucien and Emily took active roles in the war. Emily became president of the Ladies’ Freedmen’s Relief Association, which worked with the Ladies’ Union Aid Society. She also helped open a home for white and black war refugees in the Lawson Hospital and helped more than 3,000 people acquire basic necessities and education. Lucien was a commissioned officer in the 23rd Missouri Infantry and was also appointed a judge advocate in St. Louis. He was promoted to major and served on the staffs of generals William Rosecrans, Grenville M. Dodge, and John Pope.