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Object Name FLAG
Catalog Number WD 069
Description Pattern: Army of Northern Virginia battle flag; wool, cotton. Conserved.
Stars: 13 white cotton, 5-pointed.
Border: 2 inches white wool on 3 sides, 2 inches white cotton on hoist edge.
Attachment: Eyelets.
Unit Designation: "47 / VA." in yellow paint above/below center star.
Battle Honors: In black paint; "SEVEN PINES.", "MECHANICSVILLE.", and "COLD HARBOR." in upper quadrant; "OX HILL.", "HARPER'S FERRY.", and "SHARPSBURG." in right quadrant; "SHEPHERDSTOWN.", "FREDERICKSBURG.", and "CHANCELLORSVILLE." in lower quadrant; "FRAZIER'S FARM.", "CEDAR RUN.", and "MANASSAS." in left quadrant.
Material textile (wool, cotton)
Dimensions H-46 W-46.5 inches
Owned Alphonso Chilson ; James R. Lyon
Owner Regiment 47th Virginia Infantry
Event Battle of Williamsport / Hagerstown / Falling Waters
Provenance Flag of the 47th Virginia Infantry. Captured at the battle of Falling Waters, Maryland, July 14, 1863, on the retreat from Gettysburg by the 1st Michigan Cavalry. Research indicates that Sergeant Alphonso Chilson and Sergeant James R. Lyon were the captors.

"Confederate Battle Flag captured at the Battle of Falling Waters Va July 14th 1863. Inscribed on flag: Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Mechanicsville, Seven Pines, Fraziers Farm, Cedar Run, Ox Hill, Harpers Ferry, Shepardstown, Cold Harbor, Manassas, Chancellorsville" (from "Record of Rebel Flags Captured by Union Troops After April 19, 1861", National Archives, RG 94)
People Chilson, Alphonso
Lyon, James R.
Search Terms Battle of Williamsport / Hagerstown / Falling Waters
Gettysburg Campaign