|Catalog Number||WD 022|
Pattern: First National flag; wool, silk. Obverse: Gold oil-painted Latin motto, "Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori." Reverse: Gold oil-painted central seal in canton depicting female figure; motto, "A Crown for the Brave". 1940s Fowler-Richey conservation.
Stars: 11 gold painted, 5-pointed.
Unit Designation: None.
Battle Honors: None.
|Material||textile (wool, silk)|
|Dimensions||H-55 W-65 inches|
|Owner Regiment||21st Virginia Infantry (tentative)|
|Event||Battle of Gettysburg|
Flag of the 21st Virginia Infantry (tentative). Captured at the battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1863 by the 60th Regiment New York Infantry. Believed captured at Culp's Hill on July 2 (as mentioned in the O.R.). Identification based upon modern research by Greg Biggs; the 21st VA lost their First National flag at Chancellorsville and, as part of Ed Johnson's Division, they did not get ANV flags until after the Gettysburg Campaign was over - late August/early September 1863. So they used this company flag as their regimental banner at Gettysburg.
"Confederate Flag, stars & bars, captured at the Battle of Gettysburg Pennsylvania, July 2nd, 1863 by 60th Regiment New York Volunteers, 3rd Brigade 2nd Division 12th Army Corps Inscribed: Dulce et Decorum ist pro patrin man, on one side, A Crown for the Brave, on the other side" (from "Record of Rebel Flags Captured by Union Troops After April 19, 1861", National Archives, RG 94)
Battle of Gettysburg