Army National Guard units with a Civil War-era lineage were ordered to relinquish any Confederate battle streamers from their guidons, but more than 100 of the streamers have yet to be recovered a week after the deadline.
At least 48 mostly southern National Guard units were directed in March to strip their guidons of rebel streamers to be preserved at the U.S. Army Center of Military History. Streamers hang on the top of unit flags, which are often held by a soldier during a formation, and are awarded for participating in wars or specific campaigns ranging from the Colonial era to the Global War on Terrorism.
The Army had collected 384 of 491 streamers as of the Sept. 1 deadline, according to a spokesperson with the Army's Human Resources Command. That was part of an effort mandated by Congress to strip tributes to the Confederacy from military property, including the names of major bases. States that sent all streamers were Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina and Texas. But units in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, South Carolina and West Virginia have yet to surrender them.
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It was unclear Friday where the 107 missing streamers are.
In some cases, individual units have their own small museums in armories where the streamers could be on display. Also, streamers may have been lost over time or units simply did not…