|Catalog Number||WD 062|
Pattern: Army of Northern Virginia battle flag; wool, cotton. Conserved.
Stars: 13 white cotton, 5-pointed.
Border: 1 3/4 inch white wool on 3 sides, 2 inches white canvas on hoist edge.
Unit Designation: None.
Battle Honors: None.
|Material||textile (wool, cotton)|
|Dimensions||H-45 W-48.5 inches|
|Owner Regiment||26th North Carolina Infantry (tentative)|
|Event||Battle of Gettysburg|
Flag of the 26th North Carolina Infantry (tentative). Captured at the battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 3, 1863 by the 12th New Jersey Infantry. Identification based on modern research.
"Confederate Battle Flag, captured at the Battle of Gettysburg Pen. July 2nd 1863 by the 12th New Jersey Volunteers" (from "Record of Rebel Flags Captured by Union Troops After April 19, 1861", National Archives, RG 94)
"On the first day of the battle [of Gettysburg], the entire color guard and a total of fourteen (some accounts say fifteen) men fell carrying the colors during the regiment's successful but costly assault against McPherson's Ridge. After twelve other men had been killled or wounded bearing the flag, the unit's 'boy colonel,' Henry King Burgwyn, seized the flag, gave the order to 'dress on the colors,' and handed the flag to Private Franklin L. Honeycutt, who asked to carry it. Moments later, a burst of enemy fire struck Honeycutt in the head, killing him, and mortally wounded Burgwyn. Picking up the flag from where it lay by Honeycutt's body, the regiment's lieutenant colonel declared, 'No one can take these colors and live.' Raising the flag, he was shot through the neck and mouth…. [On the third day of the charge], [t]he color guard was decimated again. As the remnants of the regiment approached the stone wall on Cemetery Ridge, two impromptu flag bearers advanced ahead and were captured along with the colors by men of the 12th New Jersey Infantry. The 26th North Carolina lost more than eighty percent of its men at the battle of Gettysburg."
Battle of Gettysburg