|Catalog Number||WD 296|
Pattern: Army of Northern Virginia battle flag; wool, cotton. 1940s Fowler-Richey conservation.
Stars: Ten remaining (of original 13); white cotton, 5-pointed.
Border: 2 inches white wool originally on 3 sides, 2 inches white canvason hoist edge.
Unit Designation: None.
Battle Honors: None.
|Material||textile (wool, cotton)|
|Dimensions||H-47 W-43 inches|
|Owned||William T. Holmes|
|Owner Regiment||57th Virginia Infantry (tentative)|
|Event||Battle of Sailor's Creek / Sayler's Creek / Saylor's Creek|
Flag of the 57th Virginia Infantry (tentative). Captured at the battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia, April 6, 1865 by Pvt. William T. Holmes, 3rd Indiana Cavalry. Identification based on modern research. Erroneously identified in the Register of Captured Flags as the 27th Virginia Infantry; however, that unit was not at the battle of Sayler's Creek.
"Battle Flag of the 27th Virginia Infty. Captured in Battle at Sailor's Creek April 6th 1865 by Private W.F. Holmes Co. A 3rd Inda. Vol. Cavalry. Escort Co. Hd Qrs. 3rd Cav. Division Bvt. Maj. General George A. Custar Commdg." (from "Record of Rebel Flags Captured by Union Troops After April 19, 1861", National Archives, RG 94)
Holmes, William T.