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Monday, May 31, 2010
Well, Hush my mouth
It was on the Great Seal of the Confderacy. Here's the story:
The Great Seal of the Confederate States of America was engraved in 1864, by Joseph S. Wyon, of London, England, predecessor of J. S. and A. B. Wyon, chief engravers of Her British Majesty's seals, etc., and reached Richmond not long before the evacuation of the city, April 3, 1865. It was of silver, and in diameter measured nearly four inches. At the evacuation it was overlooked by the Confederate authorities, and fell into the possession of Colonel John T. Pickett, of Washington, D.C., who, after having a number of electrotype copies in copper, silver and gold plating made from it, presented the original to Colonel William E. Earle, of Washington, D.C., who on December 27, 1888, formally presented it to the State of South Carolina.