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Object Name Fragment
Catalog Number 0985.03.00206
Description Pattern: N/A, flag fragment; red wool bunting. Believed portion of Army of Northern Virginia flag.
Stars: None.
Border: None.
Attachment: None.
Unit Designation: "4th GA", in white paint.
Battle Honors: None.
Material wool
Dimensions H-2.5 W-7 inches
Owned John Gay
Owner Regiment 4th Georgia Infantry
Event Surrender at Appomattox, Virginia, April 9, 1865
Provenance Fragment from the third battle flag issued to the 4th Georgia Infantry, carried by Pvt. John Gay until its surrender, April 1865. He planted this flag on the last cannon captured. Although it is not definitively known, it is believed that soldiers from the 4th Georgia Infantry cut up their regimental battle flag and distributed the fragments amongst themselves, rather than surrender the flag.

"I certify that during a charge, at a most trying time I gave the colors of the 4th GA Regt. To Private John Gay, Co. G, 4th GA Regt. Who volunteered to take them and bear them gallantly and most gallantly did he bear them not only through that fight, but until the army of Northern Virginia was surrendered; and the last piece of artillery captured from the enemy on the 9th inst. was captured by this command and Private Gay planted his colors promptly upon it. -- F.F. Snead, AA General
People Gay, John
Search Terms Surrender at Appomattox, Virginia, April 9, 1865
Subjects Souvenirs