|Catalog Number||WD 445|
Pattern: N/A flag (Army of Tennessee headquarters flag for a division); swallowtail; blue field, white Greek cross (AKA Maltese Cross); wool.
Border: 2 inches blue wool on hoist edge.
Unit Designation: None.
Battle Honors: None.
|Dimensions||H-30.5 W-48 inches|
|Owner Regiment||Possibly Headquarters, Gen. Samuel French, CSA (tentative); formerly identified as Headquarters, 5th Army Corps, USA|
|Event||Battle of Fort Blakely|
Possibly Headquarters flag of Gen. Samuel French, CSA (tentative) [formerly identified as Headquarters, 5th Army Corps, USA].
Captured at Fort Blakely, Alabama, April 1865 by Lt. Col. Victor Vifquain, 97th Illinois Infantry. Currently identified, based upon modern research, as Gen. Samuel French's headquarters flag. Formerly believed captured by Confederate troops and later recaptured at Fort Blakely, Alabama.
This is the AOT HQ flag for a division, issued September 1864.
"Rebel Flag captured at Blakely, Ala. April 7th 1865 by Lieut Col. Victor Vilguain 97th Illinois" (from "Record of Rebel Flags Captured by Union Troops After April 19, 1861", National Archives, RG 94)