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Object Name FLAG
Catalog Number WD 022
Description 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.
Border: None.
Attachment: Sleeve.
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
Provenance 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)
Search Terms Battle of Gettysburg