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Object Name FLAG
Catalog Number WD 077
Description Pattern: Army of Northern Virginia battle flag; wool, cotton. 1940s Fowler-Richey conservation.
Stars: 13 white polished cotton, 5-pointed.
Border: 2 inches white wool on 3 sides, 2 inches white canvas on hoist edge.
Attachment: Eyelets.
Unit Designation: "53d. Va. Inf'y." in white paint.
Battle Honors: None.
Material textile (wool, cotton)
Dimensions H-43.5 W-46.5 inches
Owned H. L. Carter
Owner Regiment 53rd Virginia Infantry
Event Battle of Gettysburg
Provenance Flag of the 53rd Virginia Infantry. Captured at the battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 3, 1863 by the 19th Massachusetts Volunteers.

"Confederate Battle Flag of 53rd Virginia" (from "Record of Rebel Flags Captured by Union Troops After April 19, 1861", National Archives, RG 94)

"Ten men carried the colors of the 53rd Virginia to the stone wall crowning Cemetery Ridge. The last of the ten, Lieutenant H. L. Carter, found himself the lone unwounded man of the regiment inside enemy lines; he surrendered himself and the flag despite threats from a wounded comrade." (from John M. Coski's "The Confederate Battle Flag: America's Most Embattled Emblem" p. 37-8)
People Carter, H. L.
Search Terms Battle of Gettysburg
Subjects Surrenders
Battle flags