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Object Name FLAG
Catalog Number WD 333
Description Pattern: Army of Northern Virginia battle flag; wool, cotton. 1940s Fowler-Richey conservation.
Stars: 12 remaining (of original 13); 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: None.
Battle Honors: None.
Stitching: cross is hand-stitched, rest of flag is machine-stitched.
Material textile (wool, cotton)
Dimensions H-46 W-47 inches
Owned Francis M. Cunningham
Owner Regiment 12th North Carolina Infantry (tentative)
Event Battle of Sailor's Creek / Sayler's Creek / Saylor's Creek
Provenance Flag of the 12th North Carolina Infantry (tentative). Captured at the battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia, April 6, 1865 by Sgt. Francis M. Cunningham, 1st West Virginia Veteran Cavalry. Identification based on modern research. Erroneously identified in the Register of Captured Flags as the 12th Virginia Infantry flag; however that unit flag had already been captured at the battle of Sayler's Creek (see WD 437).

"Battle Flag of the 12th Va. Infantry, captured in the Battle of Sailor's Creek April 6th 1865 by sergeant T.M. Cunningham Co. H 1st Va. Vet. Vol Cavalry, 3rd Brig. 3rd Cav. Division Gen's Custar Commdg." (from "Record of Rebel Flags Captured by Union Troops After April 19, 1861", National Archives, RG 94)
People Cunningham, Francis M.
Search Terms Appomattox Campaign