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Object Name FLAG
Catalog Number 0985.07.00223
Description Pattern: Second National flag; wool, canvas.
Stars: Thirteen white canvas, 5-pointed.
Border: 1 1/4 inches light brown wool
Attachment: Sleeve and/or rope and toggle.
Unit Designation: None.
Battle Honors: None.
Material textile (wool, canvas)
Dimensions H-33 W-53 inches
Provenance Unidentified flag.

One of two histories:
(1) This flag was sent to the donor by Varina Howell Davis, "who said that it was the flag used by Gen. Lee and was the one that was flying before his tent when he surrendered…." (letter dated 6/11/1919)

(2) "…in regard to the Confederate flag that she (the donor, her cousin) sent to Richmond. I regret that I cannot give you dates, as the letters containing the flag's history were lost before my time, but this is how it came to us. The Rev. Douglas Bowflower, a chaplain in the English Navy, who was a friend and admirer of President Davis and strong sympathizer with the South, the flag hung in his cabin aboard ship, until his death when he requested it should be sent to my mother, Mrs. William F. Howell. When after her death our home was broken up, we sent the flag to cousin Addison Hayes, and my sisters rejoice with me that Richmond should be the final home of the flag…" (letter dated 8/6/1919)