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Object Name FLAG
Catalog Number 0985.02.00166
Description Pattern: Army of Northern Virginia battle flag; wool, cotton. Conserved.
Stars: Thirteen white cotton 5-point.
Border: 4 inch red wool on the hoist edge; 2 inch white wool border on all 4 sides.
Attachment: Sleeve.
Unit Designation: None.
Battle Honors: None.
Material textile (wool, cotton)
Dimensions H-34 W-38 inches
Owner Regiment 3rd Florida Infantry (Formerly identified as 3rd Florida Infantry, Co. C, "Wildcats")
Made probably Charleston Depot, Charleston, South Carolina, CSA
Provenance Flag of the 3rd Florida Infantry, by the donor (formerly identified as 3rd Florida Infantry, Co. C, "Wildcats"). According to the donor, at the surrender of Johnston's Army this flag was cut from its staff by one of the color guard, Frank E. Saxon, who stuffed it in his shirt bosom and brought it home. However, modern research indicates Saxon had attached himself to Major Footman's Battalion, known as the "First Cow Cavalry," in Florida in 1865, where he was honorably discharged at Brooksville, FL, in April 1865; this precludes his being present in North Carolina during Johnston's surrender. It is possible he hid it to avoid surrendering it in Florida.

Probably Charleston Depot, 1st issued April 1863 for Dept. of SC, GA, & FL
Search Terms items hidden from Union soldiers