|Catalog Number||WD 203|
Pattern: Second National flag; wool, cotton. Paper label attached to upper edge of flag: "Flag / Presented to Rebel Virginia Regiment by the / Ladies of Winchester, Va. / and captured near that place the following day Sept. 19th 1864 / by Commissary Sergeant ANDREW J. LORISH / 1st New York Dragoons, 2d Brigade 1st Cavalry Division / Middle Military Division / This is the pattern of the present national flag of the rebel / confederacy which was adopted from July 4th 1863. The first / use made of the new national flag was when it was hoisted on / the [illegible] just previous to her capture by / Commander John Rogers U.S.N. in June 1863."; 1940s Fowler-Richey conservation.
Stars: Thirteen white cotton, 5-pointed.
Border: white canvas on hoist edge.
Unit Designation: None.
Battle Honors: None.
|Material||textile (wool, cotton)|
|Dimensions||H-47 W-67 inches|
|Owned||Andrew J. Lorish|
|Owner Regiment||Unidentified Unit, Col. George S. Patton's Brigade, Virginia Infantry (tentative)|
|Event||Third Battle of Winchester / Opequon|
Flag of unidentified unit, Col. George S. Patton's Brigade, Virginia Infantry (tentative). Captured at the battle of Winchester, Virginia, September 19, 1864 by Sgt. Andrew J. Lorish, 1st New York Dragoons. Identification based on modern research.
"Confederate Battle Flag, captured near Winchester Va. By commissary Sergeant Andrew J. Lorish 1st New York Dragoons Sept. 19th 1864" (from "Record of Rebel Flags Captured by Union Troops After April 19, 1861", National Archives, RG 94)
The information on the paper label attached to the flag provides erroneous information regarding when this pattern of flag (Second National) was adopted and its first use.
Lorish, Andrew J.
Third Battle of Winchester / Opequon
Shenandoah Valley Campaign, 1864