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Object Name FLAG
Catalog Number WD 281
Description 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.
Attachment: Eyelets.
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
Provenance 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)
People Fernald, Albert E.
Search Terms Petersburg Campaign / Siege of Petersburg