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Object ID 1881.001
Object Name Banner
Collection Military
Credit line Gift of S.S. Grubb
Date circa 1863
Description White grosgrain silk Confederate patriotic banner said to have been captured at the Battle of Vicksburg (May - July 1863) during the Civil War. The banner is made from two strips of 3 1/2" wide ribbon that have been hand-sewn together. The top strip of ribbon is slightly shorter (40 3/4" long) than the one below it, which is 46 3/4" long. The top ribbon has two 7 1/4" long white linen ties at the upper corners. The lower strip has four 4 1/2" long white linen ties at each of the corners. The banner is printed with black text: "Our Cause is Just / Our Union Perfect." The quote is from John Dickinson's "Declaration by the Representatives of the United Colonies of North America, Now Met in Congress in Philadelphia, Setting Forth the Causes and Necessity of Their Taking Up Arms, July 6, 1775," which was written for George Washington to read to his troops. This quote was appropriated by both the Union and Confederacy, since both sides thought of themselves as custodians of the legacy of 1776.
The lower edge has hand-written text: "Presented by S.S. Grubb. Rebel badge captured at Vicksburg."

Dimensions W-7.5 L-46.75 inches
Dimension Details greatest overall banner dimensions exclusive of ties; the backing board to which the piece has been sewn measures 51 1/2" l x 11 1/4" w x 1 1/2" deep.
Owned S.S. Grubb
Subjects Banners
Search Terms Civil War
Battle of Vicksburg
John Dickinson
Nineteenth Century
Material Grosgrain silk; linen ties
Place of Origin Vicksburg, MS
Event Civil War