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Object Name FLAG
Catalog Number WD 540
Description Pattern: Army of Northern Virginia battle flag; wool, cotton. Conserved
Stars: 13 white cotton, 5-pointed.
Border: 2 1/2 inches white wool on 3 sides, 2 inches white canvas on hoist edge.
Attachment: Eyelets. With flagstaff (a)
Unit Designation: None.
Battle Honors: None.
Material textile (wool, cotton)
Dimensions H-46 W-47 inches
Owned Tad Lincoln
Owner Regiment Unidentified Unit
Event Abraham Lincoln's visit to Richmond, Virginia, April 4, 1865
Provenance Flag of an unidentified unit. Flag brought from Richmond, Virginia, April 4, 1865 by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln's son, Tad Lincoln. Tad accompanied his father on his visit to Richmond on that date. It is unknown if this flag was captured or surrendered, but it may have been among the flags surrendered at Appomattox, and subsequently given to Tad as a souvenir. Eyewitnesses would report seeing Tad wave a captured Confederate flag from a window in the White House in Washington, D.C., which may have been this flag.

No confirmation of capture available in the Official Records.

"Rebel Battle Flag brought from Richmond by Master Tad Lincoln" (from "Record of Rebel Flags Captured by Union Troops After April 19, 1861", National Archives, RG 94)
People Lincoln, Abraham
Lincoln, Tad
Search Terms Abraham Lincoln's visit to Richmond, Virginia, April 4, 1865
Subjects children
boys