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Object Name FLAG
Catalog Number 0985.13.01841
Description Pattern: Army of Northern Virginia battle flag; wool, cotton.
Stars: Thirteen white polished cotton, 5-pointed.
Border: 1 1/2 inches white canvas on hoist edge; 1 1/2 inches white wool on 3 sides.
Attachment: Eyelets.
Unit Designation: None.
Battle Honors: None.
Material textile (wool, cotton)
Dimensions H-47 W-48 inches
Owned David Lowry
Owner Regiment 1st Virginia Cavalry, Co D.
Event Surrender at Appomattox, Virginia, April 9, 1865
Provenance Flag of the 1st Virginia Cavalry. Concealed to avoid capture at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, April 1865 by Sgt. David Lowry, colorbearer from November 1864 until the end of the war.

"Just prior to the surrender at Appomattox the flag bearer was wounded and Lowry replaced him, so the flag was in his possession when word of the surrender went through the lines. Rather than surrender his beloved colors, he wrapped the flag around his body beneath his shirt and thus carried it from the field. It has, since the war, been a treasured relic in his home, having been used many times in Memorial Day Exercises in Abingdon, the honor of carrying the flag always being granted to the oldest surviving Washington County veteran."
People Lowry, David
Search Terms items hidden from Union soldiers
Surrender at Appomattox, Virginia, April 9, 1865
never surrendered
Subjects surrenders