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Object Name FLAG
Catalog Number WD 308
Description Pattern: Army of Northern Virginia battle flag; wool, cotton.
Stars: 11 remaining (of original 13); white cotton, 5-pointed
Border: 2 inches white wool on 3 sides, 1 3/4 inches white canvas on hoist edge.
Attachment: Eyelets. With flagstaff (a).
Unit Designation: None.
Battle Honors: None.
Material textile (wool, cotton)
Dimensions H-44.5 W-45 inches
Owned James K. Piersol
Owner Regiment 2nd Alabama Infantry (previous identification)
Event Appomattox Campaign
Provenance Flag of an unidentified regiment (previously identified as that of the 2nd Alabama Cavalry). Captured at the battle of Paine's Cross Roads, Virginia, April 5, 1865 by Sgt. James K. Piersol, 13th Ohio Cavalry. Identification based upon modern research.

"Rebel Battle Flag, captured in Battle at Farms Cross Roads Virginia April 5th 1865 by Sergeant J.K. Piersol, Co. F 13th Ohio Cavalry 3rd Brigade 2nd Cavalry Division General Crook Commdg." (from "Record of Rebel Flags Captured by Union Troops After April 19, 1861", National Archives, RG 94)

Previously identified as the flag of the 2nd Alabama Cavalry; however, that regiment was not present at this battle.
People Piersol, James K.
Search Terms Appomattox Campaign