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The Appomattox flag of truce was a handwoven white towel originally owned by Confederate Captain R.M. Sims of Richmond, VA. It was given by him to General Lee, as no other white flag or fabric was readily available to the surrendering Confederate army. It would be appropriate to mention Captain Sims in the description of this very historic item. My cousins are direct descendants of Captain Sims through their father, and may have more information. passed down through their family.