|Catalog Number||WD 298|
Pattern: Second National flag; wool, cotton.
Stars: Thirteen white cotton, 5-pointed.
Border: 2 inches white wool on hoist edge.
Attachment: Eyelets. With flagstaff (a).
Unit Designation: None.
Battle Honors: None.
|Material||textile (wool, cotton)|
|Dimensions||H-46 W-71.5 inches|
|Owner Regiment||21st North Carolina Infantry (tentative)|
|Event||Battle of Sailor's Creek / Sayler's Creek / Saylor's Creek|
Flag of the 21st North Carolina Infantry (tentative). Captured at the battle of Sayler's Creek (or possibly battle of Deatonsville), Virginia, April 6, 1865 by Cpl. Asbury Haynes, 17th Maine Infantry. Identification based on modern research.
"Confederate Standard captured by Corporal A.F. Haynes Co. H 17th Maine Vols. April 6th 1865 at Sailor's Creek."(from "Record of Rebel Flags Captured by Union Troops After April 19, 1861", National Archives, RG 94)
See OR, Series 1, Volume 46, Part I, 786, paragraph 3 for the Deatonsville reference. Any April 6 action was sometimes referred to as "At or near Sailor's Creek." The Deatonsville battle took place 3 1/2 miles east of Sailor's Creek around noon. 21st NC lost their flag and 74 men captured. All three Sailor's Creek battles occurred in the five-six PM range.