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Object Name FLAG
Catalog Number 0985.03.00194
Description Pattern: Second National flag; wool, cotton. Conserved.
Stars: Thirteen white, 5-pointed cotton.
Border: White, 1 1/2 inches.
Attachment: Sleeve.
Unit Designation: None.
Battle Honors: None.
Stitching: Hand-stitched.
Material textile (wool, cotton)
Dimensions H-88 W-142 inches
Owner Regiment CSS Shenandoah
Event Surrender at Liverpool, England, November 1865
Provenance Flag of the CSS Shenandoah. Flown from 1864 until the vessel surrendered in Liverpool, England, November 6, 1865. It was the last Confederate flag flown in actual service. Lt. Dabney Scales gave the flag to his cousin for safekeeping. According to presenter, "These are the colors of the Confederate States cruiser CSS Shenandoah, commanded by James Waddell. They have been in possession of my family for forty-two years, and have been unfurled in Richmond at every reunion when monuments have been unveiled and streets decorated."

The CSS Shenandoah flew the Confederate second national flag as she hunted American shipping from October 1864 until August 1865 when her crew learned that the war had ended months before. She flew it again on November 6, 1865 when the ship's officers turned over their British-built steam ship to British authorities in Liverpool, England; it was the last surrender of the American Civil War and the last official lowering of the Confederate flag.
Search Terms Richmond, Virginia
Liverpool, England, Great Britain
Confederate States Navy
Surrender at Liverpool, England, November 1865
Subjects reunions

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