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Object Name FLAG
Catalog Number WD 130
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: "55 VA." stenciled in yellow paint.
Battle Honors: Painted in black, "MECHANICSVILLE.", "GAINS' MILL.", "FRAZIER'S FARM.", "HARPER'S FERRY.", "SHARPSBURG.", "SHEPHERDSTOWN.", "FREDERICKSBURG.", "CHANCELLORSVILLE.", "GETTYSBURG.", "CEDAR RUN.", "MANASSAS No 2.", and "OX HILL."
Material textile (cotton, wool)
Dimensions H-45.5 W-47 inches
Owned William P. Thompson
Owner Regiment 55th Virginia Infantry
Event Battle of the Wilderness
Provenance Flag of the 55th Virginia Infantry. Captured at the battle of the Wilderness, Virginia, May 6, 1864 by Sgt. William P. Thompson of the 20th Indiana Infantry.

"55th va. Rebel Battle Flag captured May 6th 1864 by Sergeant W. P. Townsend Co. G 20th Ind'a Volunteers, Birney's Division 2nd Army Corps C" (from "Record of Rebel Flags Captured by Union Troops After April 19, 1861", National Archives, RG 94)
People Thompson, William P.
Search Terms Overland Campaign