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Object Name FLAG
Catalog Number WD 121
Description Pattern: Army of Northern Virginia battle flag; wool, cotton. 1940s Fowler-Richey conservation.
Stars: 13 white cotton, 5-pointed.
Border: 1 3/4 inches white wool on 3 sides, 2 inches white canvas on hoist edge
Attachment: Eyelets.
Unit Designation: "42 VA." stenciled in yellow paint
Battle Honors: Stenciled in black paint, "KERNSTOWN", "McDOWELL.", "WINCHESTER.", "CROSS KEYS.", "MANASSAS No 2.", "HARPERS FERRY.", "SHARPSBURG.", "FREDERICKSBURG.", "CHANCELLORSVILLE.", "GETTYSBURG.", "PORT REPUBLIC.", "COLD HARBOR.", "MALVERN HILL.", and "CEDAR RUN.".
Stitching: Stars are hand-stitched, rest of flag is believed machine-stitched.
Material textile (wool, cotton)
Dimensions H-45 W-45 inches
Owned Charles L. Russell
Owner Regiment 42nd Virginia Infantry
Event Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
Provenance Flag of the 42nd Virginia Infantry. Captured at the battle of Spotsylvania, Virginia, May 12, 1864 by Cpl. Charles L. Russell, 93rd New York Infantry.

"Rebel Battle Flag taken from the 42nd Virginia Infantry by corporal Charles L. Russell company H 73rd Ney York Volunteers Birney's Division, 2nd Army Corps" (from "Record of Rebel Flags Captured by Union Troops After April 19, 1861", National Archives, RG 94)
People Russell, Charles L.
Search Terms Overland Campaign