Markings/appearance: "NC" written in orange 26" from end of staff. Illegible piece of paper or tape 9" x 1" adhered to staff. Second piece of paper 3" x 2" was taped close to first paper (since removed); reads, "N.C. - Grimes C. #21 / Flag staff of 4th N.C. Rgt. / Shattered at 7 Pines / May 31, 1862". Painted in faded red paint near center: “NC”. Seven small nail holes extend the length of staff.
|Dimensions||W-1.25 L-35 inches|
|Owner Regiment||4th North Carolina|
|Event||Battle of Seven Pines / Fair Oaks|
|Provenance||"Staff of flag of 4th Regiment No. Ca. Troops shattered at Seven Pines, on May 31st 1862, which engagement I entered into with twenty-four officers and five hundred and twenty non-commissioned officers and privates. All the officers were killed or wounded except myself, with four hundred and sixty (two?) men killed and wounded. I attacked the fort and redoubt [Casey's Redoubt], when my horse's head was blown off (and) falling so suddenly as to catch my foot and leg under him. The regiment seeing me fall, supposed I was killed or wounded and began to falter and waver, when I, still pinned to the earth by the weight of my horse, waved my sword and shouted forward! Forward! Whereupon (some) of my men came to my assistance and pulled the horse off, when seeing the flag upon the ground the flag-bearer and all the color-guard being killed or wounded, I grasped it and called upon them to charge! which they did, and together with others captured the fortifications." Extract of the letter of Major General Bryan Grimes to his wife pgs. 14 and 15. (transcript in object file). Entered the battle: 545. 486 killed/wounded; 59 remained.|
Battle of Seven Pines / Fair Oaks
items struck by bullets (tentative)