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Object Name FLAG
Catalog Number WD 186
Description Pattern: Army of Northern Virginia battle flag; wool, cotton. 1940s Fowler-Richey conservation.
Stars: Thirteen white cotton, 5-pointed.
Border: 2 inches white wool on 3 sides, 2 1/4 inches white canvas on hoist edge.
Attachment: Eyelets.
Unit Designation: "50 VA" stenciled in yellow paint on obverse.
Battle Honors: In black paint, "CROSS LANES.", "CARNIFAX.", "KELLY'S FARM.", "CHANCELLORSVILLE.", "GETTYSBURG.", "FORT DONALDSON.", and "PRINCETON."
Material textile (wool, cotton)
Dimensions H-44.5 W-45.5 inches
Owned John N. Opel
Owner Regiment 50th Virginia Infantry
Event Battle of the Wilderness
Provenance Flag of the 50th Virginia Infantry. Captured at the battle of the Wilderness, May 5, 1864 by Pvt. John N. Opel, 7th Indiana Infantry.

"Confederate Battle Flag of a (the 50th) Va Regiment, captured in the Wilderness by Private John H. Opel, Co. G 7th Indiana Volunteers 1st Brigade 4th Division 5th Army Corps." (from "Record of Rebel Flags Captured by Union Troops After April 19, 1861", National Archives, RG 94)
People Opel, John N.
Search Terms Overland Campaign