Flag: 5th Alabama Infantry
Catalogue No. 86.3954.1
(PN10075, PN10192)

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Provenance Reconstruction:

This flag is an Army of Northern Virginia, 3rd wool bunting issue. Flags of this pattern were manufactured at the Richmond Depot between July 1862 and May 1864. This flag was issued to the 5th Alabama Infantry in April, 1863. It was captured at the Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia on May 3, 1863 by the 111th Pennsylvania Volunteers, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 12th Army Corps. It was forwarded to the U.S. War Department by Brigadier General John W. Geary and was eventually assigned War Department Capture Number 222. The flag was returned to the State of Alabama effective March 25, 1905.

       Biggs, Greg. "Ragged Rags of Rebellion. The Flags of the Confederacy," an unpublished manuscript, Curator's Files, Alabama Department of Archives and History.
       Curator's Object Files, Civil War Flags, Alabama Department of Archives and History.
       U. S. War Department. American Decorations 1862-1926. Washington, Government Printing Office, 1927.

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