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Object Name FLAG
Catalog Number WD 141
Description Pattern: Army of Northern Virginia battle flag; wool, cotton.
Stars: 13 white cotton, 5-pointed.
Border: 1 3/4-2 inches white wool on 3 sides, 2 inches white cotton canvas on hoist edge.
Attachment: Eyelets.
Unit Designation: None.
Battle Honors: Stenciled in black paint, "FRONT ROYAL.", "WINCHESTER No 1.", "CROSS KEYS.", "PORT REPUBLIC.", "HARPERS FERRY.", "FREDERICKSBURG.", "CHANCELLORSVILLE.", "WINCHESTER No 2.", "GETTYSBURG.", "WILLIAMSPORT.", "COLD HARBOR.", "MALVERN HILL.", "CEDAR RUN.", and "MANASSAS No 2."
Material textile (wool, cotton)
Dimensions H-44 W-48 inches
Owned Samuel E. Viall
Owner Regiment "Henrico Artillery" (Capt. Alfred R. Courtney) Virginia Light Artillery (tentative)
Event Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
Provenance Flag of the "Henrico Artillery" (Capt. Alfred R. Courtney) Virginia Light Artillery (tentative). Captured at the battle of Spotsylvania, Virginia, May 12, 1864 by Sgt. Samuel E. Viall, 19th Massachusetts Infantry. Identification based on modern research.

"Rebel Battle Flag captured by Captain J.C. Briscau A.D.C. to Major General D.B. Birney 3rd Division 2nd Army Corps C" (from "Record of Rebel Flags Captured by Union Troops After April 19, 1861", National Archives, RG 94)
People Viall, Samuel E.
Search Terms Overland Campaign