|Catalog Number||WD 331|
Pattern: Army of Northern Virginia battle flag; wool, cotton.
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. With flagstaff (a).
Unit Designation: None.
Battle Honors: None.
|Material||textile (wool, cotton)|
|Dimensions||H-47 W-48.5 inches|
|Owned||Charles A. Taggart|
|Owner Regiment||Unidentified Unit|
|Event||Battle of Sailor's Creek / Sayler's Creek / Saylor's Creek|
Flag of an unidentified unit. Captured at the battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia, April 6, 1865 by Pvt. Charles A. Taggart, 37th Massachusetts Infantry.
"Captured by Charles A. Taggart, Private, Co. B, 37th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry…at the battle of Little Sailor Creek, Va., April 6, 1865." (original capture note)
"Rebel Battle Flag captured by Private Charles A. Taggart Co. B. 37th Mass. Vols. At the Battle of Sailor's Creek Va. April 6th 1865 3rd Brigade 3rd Cavalry Division 6th Army Corps" (from "Record of Rebel Flags Captured by Union Troops After April 19, 1861", National Archives, RG 94)
"Private Charles A. Taggart of Company B 37th Massachusetts Infantry...observed a rebel flag among them [20 rebels nearby]. Immediately he started for their color-bearer demanding the surrender of the flag which he grasped and in the struggle for its possession he found himself assisted by another Union man who had seen the colors and who was intent upon their capture. the two wrested them from the rebel but Taggart's comrade was shot down when he taking advantage of an opening rushed back with the colors into the Union lines. Unfortunately the Federals took him for a leader of a rebel charge and it was miraculous that he escaped with but one slight wound on his right leg." (p. 264, "Deeds of Valor: How America's Civil War Heroes Won the Congressional Medal of Honor", ed. Beyer and Keydel, 1992).
Taggart, Charles A.