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Object Name FLAG
Catalog Number WD 278
Description Pattern: Army of Northern Virginia battle flag; wool, cotton.
Stars: Twelve remaining (of original 13); white cotton, 5-pointed.
Border: 1 3/4 inches orange wool on 3 sides, 2 inches white canvas on hoist edge.
Attachment: Eyelets.
Unit Designation: None.
Battle Honors: None.
Material textile (wool, cotton)
Dimensions H-46.5 W-46 inches
Owned Thomas J. Murphy
Owner Regiment Unidentified Unit, possibly 24th North Carolina Infantry, Gen. Mathew W. Ransom's Brigade (tentative)
Event Battle of Five Forks
Provenance Flag of an unidentified unit, possibly 24th North Carolina Infantry, Gen. Mathew W. Ransom's Brigade (tentative). Captured at the battle of Five Forks, Virginia, April 1, 1865 by Sgt. Thomas J. Murphy, 146th New York Infantry. Identification based on modern research.

"List of battle flags captured in the 146th New York Volunteers during the engagement of April 1st, 1865: Thomas J. Murphy, 1st Sgt., Co G." (original captor note, 4/5/1865)

"Rebel Battle Flag, captured April 1st 1865 by 1st Sergeant Thomas J. Murphy Co. G. 146th New York Volunteers" (from "Record of Rebel Flags Captured by Union Troops After April 19, 1861", National Archives, RG 94)
People Murphy, Thomas J.
Search Terms Petersburg Campaign / Siege of Petersburg