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Object Name FLAG
Catalog Number 0985.02.00170
Description Pattern: First National flag; wool, cotton. Handwritten paper label sewn on canton.
Stars: Eleven white cotton 5-pointed; large star in center.
Border: 3 inches white canvas on hoist edge.
Attachment: Eyelets.
Unit Designation: None.
Battle Honors: None.
Material textile (wool, cotton)
Dimensions H-61 W-150 inches
Owned Quincy A. Hooper; William L. Wells; James H. Tomb
Owner Regiment CSS Calhoun
USS Rachel Seaman
Provenance Flag of the CSS Calhoun. A handwritten note with the flag read, "This Rebel Flag was captured by the USS Rachel Seaman commanded by Act. Vol. Lieutenant Quincy A. Hooper at the South Pass of the Mississippi River on board the Steamer CSS Calhoun in attempting to run the blockade from Havanna bound to New Orleans with a General Cargo in the month of February 1862." Signed "Respectfully Yours, Q. A. Hooper" in lower left corner. In lower corner "Rear Admiral William L. Wells, New Haven, Connecticut" The lieutenant sold the flag to an admiral in the U. S. Navy in the 1890's, then the flag came into the hands of his friend Captain James H. Tomb, CSN (the donor).
People Hooper, Quincy A.
Wells, William L.
Tomb, James H.
Search Terms Confederate States Navy
Subjects Blockade running
Blockades
Navies