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Object ID 1927.112
Object Name Flag
Collection Flags
Credit line DHS Collection
Date 1861
Made Confederate States of America
Description Hand-stitched Confederate flag with a navy blue canton that contains ten hand-sewn, white cotton stars (each approximately 6 1/2" wide overall) that are arranged into a circle of eight with two inside. The field consists of two horizontal red stripes and a central white stripe that have been assembled from three groups of three 6" - 6 1/2" wide strips of cloth that have been sewn together to make the larger stripe. The canvas hoist has no eyelets but a length of hemp rope that runs through a sleeve (there is 23 1/2" of rope visible at the bottom).

Hand-written text: "Col. J.W. Andrews" appears clearly in black ink at the center of the canvas hoist on one side. There is another small bit of ink text about 2 1/4" in front of the Andrews name but it is so faded that it is almost completely indiscernible - could be "K.H." but it is not at all clear. There is also another very, very faded ink inscription on the reverse side of the hoist near the upper part of the canton, but this is equally difficult to make out - looks like it could maybe be "Leut..."
Dimensions W-60 L-160.5 inches
Dimension Details Overall greatest dimensions; canton is 70" long x 38 1/2" high; each stripe is approx. 20" wide but there is some slight variation over the entire length.
Owned Colonel J.W. Andrews
Provenance This flag came from Col. J. W. Andrews, a commander of the First Delaware Regiment whose name appears along the right border. It is not clear from the file whether Col. Andrews captured the flag or it was presented to him.
Subjects Flags
Search Terms Confederate Flags
Civil War
J.W. Andrews
First Delaware Regiment
Nineteenth Century
Material Wool; cotton stars; canvas hoist
Event Civil War