Corporal George Washington Van Buren fought from 27 AUG 1864 to 16 JUN 1865 for the Union in the 10th Michigan Calvary, Company G. He was the father of Anna E. Van Buren who married William Arthur Ellison in 1889.
I copied the below from a wonderful new website http://micivilwar.org >> The photo is of GWVB’s regiment’s flag.
The Tenth Michigan Cavalry organized at Grand Rapids between September 18 and November 23, 1863.
Sponsor a Michigan Civil War battle flag and preserve it online at SeekingMichigan.org for a lifetime. A $250 sponsorship of a flag comes with permanent donor recognition on the specific flag webpage. Each donor will also receive a 24×36 archival color print of their flag and have ownership in providing continuing online access of the Civil War battle flags to the public. Funds will also support additional projects regarding Michigan’s role in the Civil War.
Visitors to the State Capitol fondly remember its rotunda ringed with battle flags. The flags now show the ravages not only of battle, but also of storage under less than ideal conditions. Now, new storage at the Michigan Historical Museum permits the flags of this 230-flag collection (160 from the Civil War) to lay flat, supported by archival fabric, in a room where the temperature and humidity are controlled. (The Capitol now features reproductions of the original flags in its rotunda cases.)
The Michigan Capitol Committee, the Save the Flags program and the Michigan Historical Museum to save the delicate flags. Conservation work, made possible through funds raised by Save the Flags, will help preserve the actual physical flags throughout the coming years.