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Object Name FLAG
Catalog Number WD 128
Description Pattern: Army of Northern Virginia battle flag; wool, cotton. 1940s Fowler-Richey conservation.
Stars: 13 white cotton, 5-pointed.
Border: 2 inches white wool, 2 inches white canvas.
Attachment: Eyelets.
Unit Designation: "23 VA." stenciled in yellow paint.
Battle Honors: Stenciled in black paint, "CARRICK'S FORD.", "GREEN BRIER RIVER.", "KERNSTOWN.", "McDOWELL.", "CEDAR RUN.", "MANASSAS No 2.", "SHARPSBURG.", "FREDERICKSBURG.", "CHANCELLORSVILLE.", "GETTYSBURG.", "WINCHESTER No 1.", "PORT REPUBLIC.", "COLD HARBOR.", and "MALVERN HILL."
Material textile (wool, cotton)
Dimensions H-44.5 W-47 inches
Owned William Westerhold
Owner Regiment 23rd Virginia Infantry
Event Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
Provenance Flag of the 23rd Virginia Infantry. Captured at the battle of Spotsylvania, Virginia, May 1864 by Sgt. William Westerhold, 52nd New York Infantry.

"Rebel Battle Flag 23rd Va." (from "Record of Rebel Flags Captured by Union Troops After April 19, 1861", National Archives, RG 94)
People Westerhold, William
Search Terms Overland Campaign