|Catalog Number||WD 476|
Pattern: Second National flag; wool, cotton.
Stars: Thirteen white cotton, 5-pointed.
Border: 1 1/2 inches white canvas on hoist edge.
Attachment: Believed sleeve and/or rope and toggle.
Unit Designation: None.
Battle Honors: None.
|Material||textile (wool, cotton)|
|Dimensions||H-104 W-155 inches|
|Owned||H. L. Birdsall|
|Event||Battle of Columbus|
Garrison flag of Columbus, Georgia. Captured near Columbus, Georgia, April 16, 1865 by Sgt. H. L. Birdsall, 3rd Iowa Cavalry. Sgt. H. L. Birdsall, 3rd Iowa Cavalry.
"Rebel Flag, captured with its bearer by Serg't H.L. Birdsall, Co. B 3rd Iowa Cav. 1st Bridgade 4th Division Cav. Corps M.D.M. near Columbus Ga. April 16th 1865 while his Company was assaulting the works on the left of the Summerville Road. Upton's Division: Winslow's Brigade" (from "Record of Rebel Flags Captured by Union Troops After April 19, 1861", National Archives, RG 94)
Birdsall, H. L.