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Object Name FLAG
Catalog Number 0985.05.00144
Date 1861
Description Pattern: First National flag; silk. Reverse canton: unit designation and presentation history, "Presented by the Ladies of Baltimore to the Perrott Guards of New Orleans." in gold paint.
Stars: Fifteen gold-painted, 5-pointed.
Border: 1 inch red silk on hoist edge.
Attachment: Sleeve.
Unit Designation: "PERROTT GUARDS" in gold paint.
Battle Honors: None.
Material textile (silk); paint
Dimensions H-53 W-83 inches
Owned Mrs. John James
Owner Regiment 5th Louisiana Infantry, Co. H, "Perrott Guards"
Made Ladies of Baltimore, Maryland
Provenance Flag of the 5th Louisiana Infantry, Co. H, "Perrott Guards". Made for the unit by the Ladies of Baltimore, Maryland. Flag concealed by Mrs. John James and brought from Baltimore to Richmond, Virginia, July 1861. Presented to the unit by Mrs. James, accompanied by Varina (Mrs. Jefferson) Davis and Vice President Alexander H. Stephens when the unit was encamped at Jamestown, Virginia, 1861. In 1872, the flag was returned to Mrs. James by a gentleman who received the flag from a dying soldier after the battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1863.
People James, John, Mrs.
Davis, Varina Banks Howell [Mrs. Jefferson]
Howell, Varina Banks
Stephens, Alexander Hamilton
Search Terms Battle of Gettysburg
Richmond, Virginia
items hidden from Union soldiers
Subjects women
civilians