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Object Name FLAG
Catalog Number 0985.03.00197
Description Pattern: Army of Tennessee battle flag; cotton.
Stars: Twelve white cotton, 5-pointed; no center star.
Border: 2 1/2 inches white cotton.
Attachment: Ties.
Unit Designation: None.
Battle Honors: None.
Material textile (cotton)
Dimensions H-40 W-51 inches
Owned A. W. Collins; Lizzie Baker
Owner Regiment 4th battalion Georgia Sharpshooters
Made Jacob Platt, Augusta, Georgia, CSA
Provenance Flag of the 4th battalion Georgia Sharpshooters. (formerly identified as belonging to Co. A, "Baker Volunteers"). It was made by Jacob Platt in Augusta, Georgia, in the first half of 1863. Presented to the unit by Alfred Baker of Augusta, Georgia, a prominent mill-owner who was too old to serve but equipped a company that became known as Company G, "Baker Volunteers" in the 3rd Battalion Georgia Infantry; later reorganized as Company A, "Baker Volunteers", of the 4th Battalion Georgia Sharpshooters. He presented the flag to the regiment in the name of his young daughter, Lizzie Baker, in June 1863. It was concealed by the colorbearer, Sgt. A. W. Collins to avoid capture at Nashville, Tennessee, December 1864 and returned to Miss Baker.

"In June, 1863 the company was merged into Caswell's Battalion, Georgia Sharpshooters. At that time the Battalion had a dress parade flag and a battle flag, the former was surrendered, but the latter, the battleflag, which had led the valiant soldiers throughout all the fifteen important battles ... was secreted around the body of the devoted color-bearer, Sergt. A. W. Collins, who was evidently more loyal to the flag that he had carried through so many battles, than to military orders, and thus it was brought back and returned to the little girl, Lizzie Baker, Mr. Baker's only [surviving] child, in whose name, it had been presented to the company...." (1922 newspaper article in file) [Article also quotes 1863 letter from Major Theodore D. Caswell to Lizzie Baker, thanking her for flag.]
People Baker, Lizzie Faulkins
Baker, Elizabeth Faulkins (Lizzie)
Collins, A. W.
Baker, Alfred
Platt, Jacob
Search Terms items hidden from Union soldiers
color bearers
Subjects women
girls
children
civilians