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Object Name Fragment
Catalog Number 0985.13.00800
Description Pattern: N/A; flag fragment; blue wool bunting.
Stars: One white cotton, 5-pointed.
Border: None.
Attachment: None.
Unit Designation: None.
Battle Honors: None.
Material wool/cotton
Dimensions H-9 L-8 inches
Owned Charlie Gallaher [Charles Gallaher]
Owner Regiment USA
Event Secession of Virginia
Provenance A star cut from the United States flag that flew over Virginia's Capitol Building when Virginia seceded on April 17, 1861.

"This piece of flag was cut out of the last Union flag that floated over the capitol at Richmond before the war of 1861-5. It had been hauled down by the Confederates when Virginia seceded from the Union on April 17, 1861, and had been thrown aside as junk in the attic of the Capitol. Charlie and [?] Gallaher in May 1861 found it there (the entire flag) and we cut this piece out and would have carried away the whole flag if it had been possible. The flag was about 25 or 30 feet long."
People Gallaher, Charles (Charlie)
Search Terms Virginia State Capitol
Richmond, Virginia
Subjects Secession
States' rights
flags