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Object Name FLAG
Catalog Number WD 210
Description Pattern: Army of Tennessee battle flag; wool.
Stars: Twelve white wool, 5-pointed; no center star.
Border: None.
Attachment: Sleeve.
Unit Designation: None.
Battle Honors: None.
Material textile (wool, cotton)
Dimensions H-36 W-46.5 inches
Owned Harrison Collins
Owner Regiment Unidentified Unit (probably 18th, 20th, or 21st Tennessee Cavalry), Bell's Brigade. Previously identified as 7th Tennessee Cavalry (tentative)
Made probably Mobile Depot, Mobile, Alabama, CSA
Event Battle of Richland Creek
Provenance Flag of unidentified unit (probably 18th, 20th, or 21st Tennessee Cavalry), Bell's Brigade; previously identified as 7th Tennessee Cavalry (tentative). Captured at the battle of Richland Creek, Tennessee, December 1864 by Cpl. Harrison Collins, Co. A, 1st Tennessee Cavalry. The Corporal determined to have the Flag, led a charge, killed a major, routed his men and secured the flag. Probably belonged to 18th, 20th, or 21st Tennessee Cavalry (identification based on modern research).

"…a rebel battle flag captured from Chalmers Division yesterday evening. The capture was made by Corporal Harrison Collins, Co. A, 1st Tennessee Cavalry. The corporal saw the rebel standard bearer under the direction of a rebel major, trying to rally his men. He determined to have the flag - led a charge, killed the major, routed his men and secured the flag." (captor letter, 12/25/1864)

"Rebel Flag of Chalmer's Division, captured December 24th 1864 near Richland Creek Tennessee by Corp. Harrison Collins Co. A. 1st Ten. Cavalry. The Corporal determined to have the Flag, led a charge, killed a Major, routed his men and secured the Flag" (from "Record of Rebel Flags Captured by Union Troops After April 19, 1861", National Archives, RG 94)
People Collins, Harrison