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Object Name FLAG
Catalog Number 0985.13.00398
Date 1861
Description Pattern: First National flag; silk. Obverse: Embroidered presentation history inscription and unit designation. Motto in gold embroidery, "our liberty, our rights, our honor". Reverse: Currently undecorated, but prior evidence of 11 stars. Conserved.
Stars: Evidence of 10 on reverse. None on obverse.
Border: 1 3/4 inches silk fringe on fly end.
Attachment: Sleeve.
Unit Designation: "Mountain Rangers" is embroidered.
Battle Honors: None.
Stitching: Hand-stitched.
Material textile (silk); paint
Dimensions H-47.5 W-70 inches
Owned Turner Ashby
Owner Regiment 7th Virginia Cavalry, Co. A, "Fauquier Mountain Rangers"
7th Virginia Cavalry, Co. A, "Mountain Rangers"
Made Ladies of Salem in Faquier County, Virginia
Event Shenandoah Valley Campaign, 1862
Provenance Flag of the 7th Virginia Cavalry, Co. A, "Mountain Rangers" (also Headquarters, Turner Ashby). Made and presented to the unit by the Ladies of Salem in Faquier County, Virginia, and later used by Gen. Turner Ashby as his headquarters flag until his death, June 1862.

According to an account by Ada W. Bacot, Ashby's "old company of Cavelry came down from Staunton this morning [June 8, 1862] about eleven oclock bringing their flag to attend at his burryal. I heard that one of them said as he covered the body of his chief with the flag, 'he fought with him under this flag, yes said the young friend, & under it we will avenge his death.' " It is unknown if the flag referred to is this one, or some other flag.
People Ashby, Turner
unidentified women of Salem in Faquier County, Virginia
Search Terms Shenandoah Valley Campaign, 1862
death of Turner Ashby, June 6, 1862
Battle of Harrisonburg
Subjects women
Dead persons
Casualties, War
War casualties