|Catalog Number||WD 281|
Pattern: Army of Northern Virginia battle flag; wool, cotton. 1940s Fowler-Richey conservation.
Stars: Thirteen white cotton, 5-pointed.
Border: 1 1/2 inches white wool on 3 sides, 1 3/4 inches w hite canvas on hoist edge.
Unit Designation: None.
Battle Honors: None.
Stitching: Entire flag is believed machine-stitched.
|Material||textile (wool, cotton)|
|Dimensions||H-48.5 W-49 inches|
|Owned||Albert E. Fernald|
|Owner Regiment||49th North Carolina Infantry (tentative)|
|Event||Battle of Five Forks|
Flag of the 49th North Carolina Infantry (tentative). Captured at the battle of Five Forks, Virginia, April 1, 1865 by 1st Lt. Albert E. Fernald, 20th Maine Infantry. Identification based on modern research. Erroneously identified in the Register of Captured Flags as the 9th Virginia Infantry flag; however that unit flag had already been captured at the battle of Five Forks (see WD 273).
"Rebel Battle Flag, captured by A.E. Fernald, 20th Maine Vols. 3rd Brigade 1st Division 5th Army Corps at the Battle of Five Forks, April 1st 1865" (from "Record of Rebel Flags Captured by Union Troops After April 19, 1861", National Archives, RG 94)
Fernald, Albert E.
Petersburg Campaign / Siege of Petersburg