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Object Name FLAG
Catalog Number WD 053
Description Pattern: Army of Northern Virginia battle flag; wool, cotton.
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: None.
Battle Honors: None.
Material textile (wool, cotton)
Dimensions H-44 W-48 inches
Owner Regiment Unidentified Unit, Col. John R. Cooke's Brigade, North Carolina Infantry (tentative)
Event Battle of Bristoe Station
Provenance Flag of an uUnidentified unit, Col. John R. Cooke's Brigade, North Carolina Infantry (tentative). Captured at the battle of Bristoe Station, Virginia, October 14, 1863 by the 82nd New York Infantry or the 19th Maine Infantry. Identification based on modern research.

"Confederate Battle Flag captured at Bristow Station, Virginia, October 14th 1863 by the 2nd Army Corps in front of the 2nd and 3rd Divisions" (from "Record of Rebel Flags Captured by Union Troops After April 19, 1861", National Archives, RG 94)

According to reports in the OR [Official Records], the two flags captured in this battle (WD 52 and 53) were identified as the 22nd NC (captured by the 19th Maine) and the 28th NC (captured by the 82nd New York). Subsequent research indicates that the two flags as claimed were from units that were not involved: the flag taken by the 19th Maine was from a different NC brigade other than Kirkland's, believed to be the 26th NC; and the flag taken by the New Yorkers was that of the 52nd NC.