|Catalog Number||WD 117|
Pattern: Army of Northern Virginia battle flag; wool, cotton. Conserved.
Stars: 13 white cotton, 5-pointed.
Border: 2 inches white wool on 3 sides, 2 inches white canvas on hoist edge.
Unit Designation: None.
Battle Honors: None.
|Material||textile (cotton, wool)|
|Dimensions||H-44 W-42 inches|
|Owned||Christopher W. Wilson|
|Owner Regiment||58th Virginia Infantry (tentative)|
|Event||Battle of Spotsylvania Court House|
Flag of the 58th Virginia Infantry (tentative). Captured at the battle of Spotsylvania, Virginia, May 12, 1864 by Pvt. Christopher W. Wilson, 73rd New York Infantry. Identification based on modern research. Erroneously identified in the Register of Captured Flags as 56th Virginia Infantry; however, the unit was not at the battle of Spotsylvania.
"Rebel Battle Flag 56th Virginia Infantry captured May 12th 1864 by Private C.W. Wilson of Co. E 4th Excelsior Regiment Birney's Division 2nd Army Corps." (from "Record of Rebel Flags Captured by Union Troops After April 19, 1861", National Archives, RG 94)
Wilson, Christopher W.