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Object Name FLAG
Catalog Number 0985.06.00133
Description Pattern: First National flag; silk.
Stars: Eleven white silk, 5-pointed.
Border: 1 3/4 inches silver metallic fringe on 3 sides.
Attachment: Ties.
Unit Designation: None.
Battle Honors: None.
Stitching: Hand-stitched.
Material textile (silk)
Dimensions H-33.5 W-50.5 inches
Owned William H. Murray
Owner Regiment 2nd Maryland Infantry, Co. A (CSA)
Event Battle of Gettysburg
Provenance Flag of the 2nd Maryland Infantry, Co. A.

"Colors carried by Co. A, 2nd Md Infantry CSA through the war, until the end April 1865. Presented by the Ladies of Baltimore."

Believed presented to Capt. William H. Murray by the Ladies of Baltimore, Maryland. Carried by the unit until the end of the war, including when the unit marched through Hagerstown, MD, on their way to and from the Gettysburg.

According to one 1877 newspaper article, a flag owned by Murray (but not matching this description) was carried furled to prevent mistakes by other regiments in the attack on Culp's Hill. When the regiment had taken the works in the rear of the hill the flag was unfurled, and floated for twelve hours over them. It was pierced by bullets in several places.
People Murray, William Henry
Murray, Clapham
unidentified women of Baltimore, Maryland
Search Terms Battle of Gettysburg
Subjects women
civilians
Civil War, U.S.