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Object Name FLAG
Catalog Number WD 276
Description Pattern: Army of Northern Virginia battle flag; wool, cotton. 1940s Fowler-Richey conservation.
Stars: Thirteen white cotton, 5-pointed.
Border: 1 3/4 inches white canvas on hoist edge.
Attachment: Eyelets.
Unit Designation: "30th REGT VA" white applique.
Battle Honors: None.
Material textile (wool, cotton)
Dimensions H-45 W-38.5 inches
Owned George J. Shopp
Owner Regiment 30th Virginia Infantry
Event Battle of Five Forks
Provenance Flag of the 30th Virginia Infantry. Captured at the battle of Five Forks, Virginia, April 1865 by Pvt. George J. Shopp, Co. E, 191st Pennsylvania Infantry. Being on the skirmish line, and seeing the enemy rallying a line of Battle on the Colors, sprang forward along with a dismounted Cavalryman and demanded a surrender. A Rebel Officer called to his men to shoo the two Yankees, whereupon the Cavalryman was shot dead. Private Shapp shot the Rebel Officer and seized the Colors, for the bearer, at the instant the skirmish line charged on the line of battle, fled.

"Colors of the 30th Virginia, captured by Private George Shapp Co. E 191st Penn. Vols. who being on the skirmish line, and seeing the enemy rallying a line of Battle on the Colors, sprang forward along with a dismounted Cavalryman and demanded a surrender. A Rebel officer called to his men to shoot the two Yankees, whereupon the Cavalryman was shot dead. Private Shapp shot the Rebel Officer and seized the Colors, for the bearer, at the instant the Skirmish Line of the 3rd Brigade 2nd Division 5th Army Corps charged on the line of Battle, fled" (from "Record of Rebel Flags Captured by Union Troops After April 19, 1861", National Archives, RG 94)
People Shopp, George J.
Search Terms Petersburg Campaign / Siege of Petersburg