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Object Name FLAG
Catalog Number WD 071
Description Pattern: Army of Northern Virginia battle flag; wool, cotton. Conserved.
Stars: 13 white cotton, 5-pointed.
Border: 2 inches white wool on 3 sides, 2 inches white canvas on hoist edge.
Attachment: Eyelets.
Unit Designation: In white paint, " Va. Inf'y." (numeric designation cut and removed).
Battle Honors: None.
Material textile (wool, cotton)
Dimensions H-42 W-46 inches
Owned Benjamin Falls
Owner Regiment 19th Virginia Infantry (tentative)
Event Battle of Gettysburg
Provenance Flag of the 19th Virginia Infantry (tentative). Captured at the battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 3, 1863 by Pvt. Benjamin Falls of the 19th Massachusetts Infantry. Identification based on modern research.

"Confederate Battle Flag" (from "Record of Rebel Flags Captured by Union Troops After April 19, 1861", National Archives, RG 94)

In Coski: "Massachusetts soldier Benjamin Falls reached for what he believed to be the abandoned battle flag of the 19th Virginia Infantry at the stone wall, only to discover that it was still in the grasp of a wounded Confederate soldier. Falls pointed his baoynet at the soldier, forcing him to surrender the flag."
People Falls, Benjamin
Search Terms Battle of Gettysburg
Subjects surrenders