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Object Name FLAG
Catalog Number WD 300
Description Pattern: Army of Northern Virginia battle flag; wool, cotton.
Stars: Thirteen white cotton 5-point stars.
Border: 2 inches white wool on 3 sides, 1 3/4 inches white canvas.
Attachment: Eyelets. With flagstaff (a).
Unit Designation: None.
Battle Honors: None.
Material textile (wool, cotton)
Dimensions H-48.75 W-47 inches
Owned Joseph B. Kershaw; Smith Larimer
Owner Regiment Headquarters, Gen. Joseph B. Kershaw (tentative)
Event Battle of Sailor's Creek / Sayler's Creek / Saylor's Creek
Provenance Headquarters flag of Gen. Joseph B. Kershaw (tentative). Believed to be the headquarters flag for Gen. Joseph B. Kershaw. Captured at Sayler's Creek, Virginia, April 1865 by Cpl. Smith Larimer, 2nd Ohio Cavalry. Identification based on modern research.

"Rebel General Kershaw's headquarter's flag, captured in battle of Sailor's Creek, April 6th, 1865 by Corporal Smith Larimer, Co. G, 2nd Ohio." (original capture note)

"Rebel Flag, of General Kershaw's Hd Qrs captured in Battle at Sailor's Creek April 6th 1865 by Corp'l Smith Larimore Co. G. 2nd Ohio Vet. Vol. Cav. 1st Brigade 3rd Cav. Division Bvt. Maj. Gen'l Geo. A. Custar Commdg." (from "Record of Rebel Flags Captured by Union Troops After April 19, 1861", National Archives, RG 94)
People Kershaw, Joseph Brevard
Larimer, Smith
Search Terms Appomattox Campaign