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Object Name FLAG
Catalog Number WD 093
Description Pattern: Hardee battle flag; wool, cotton. Remnants of crossed cannons.
Stars: None.
Border: 5 1/2 inches white wool on 3 sides.
Attachment: Sleeve.
Unit Designation: None.
Battle Honors: In black paint: "[MU]RFRE[E]S[BOU]GH DEC. 31st 1862.", "[P]E[R]RYVILLE [OCTOBER 8th 186]2."
Material textile (cotton, wool)
Dimensions H-46.5 W-54 inches
Owner Regiment Unidentified Unit, Walthall's Mississippi Brigade (tentative)
Event Battle of Lookout Mountain
Provenance Flag of an unidentified unit, Walthall's Mississippi Brigade (tentative). Captured at the battle of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, November 24, 1863 by the 60th New York Infantry. Identification based on modern research. Believed to be a flag of an unidentified unit, Walthall's Mississippi Brigade, as those troops are among the only ones known to be engaged there and with captured flags.

[Previously identified as the 24th Mississippi Infantry; however, the colonel of the 24th MS stated that his colors were saved on Lookout Mountain. Also previously thought to be a flag of Moore's Alabama Brigade which came up to support Walthall's MS Brigade; but they were not present at Perryville or Murfreesboro.]

"Confederate Battle Flag (Bragg's Army) captured at Lookout Mountain, November 24th 1863 by the 60th Regiment New York Volunteers, Col. Goddard, 3d Brigade, 2d Division, 12th Army Corps." (from "Record of Rebel Flags Captured by Union Troops After April 19, 1861", National Archives, RG 94)