|Catalog Number||WD 186|
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.
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|
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)
Opel, John N.