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Object Name FLAG
Catalog Number 0985.13.00922
Description Pattern: First National flag; silk, cotton.
Stars: Eleven gold paint applique, 5-pointed; center star is larger than other 10 stars.
Border: 1/8-inch white silk tape on hoist edge and upper edge of canton; 1/4-inch red cotton tape on fly end border.
Attachment: Ties.
Unit Designation: None.
Battle Honors: None.
Stitching: Hand-stitched.
Material textile (silk, cotton); paint
Dimensions H-35 W-76 inches
Owned Philip Williams Pugh
Owner Regiment 25th Virginia Infantry, Co. H, "Hardy Blues"
Made Ladies of Moorefield, Virginia
Event Battle of Rich Mountain
Provenance Flag of the 25th Virginia Infantry, Co. H, "Hardy Blues". Presented to the unit by the Ladies of Moorefield, Virginia. The flag was torn from its staff by Sgt. Philip William Pugh and concealed [wrapped around his body] to avoid captured at Rich Mountain, [West] Virginia, July 1861. He concealed it even after being taken prisoner (details in file). His sister, Sallie E. Pugh, admonished him upon enlistment, "Don't let the Yankees get our flag. We put our best stitches in it. Be sure to bring it back!"
People Pugh, Philip Williams
Search Terms items hidden from Union soldiers
Subjects POW's
Prisoners of war