Flag: 38th Alabama Infantry
Catalogue No. 86.3941.1

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Provenance Reconstruction:

Flags of this pattern were manufactured in Mobile, Alabama, and issued within the Department of Alabama, Mississippi and East Louisiana1. This flag was issued to the regiment sometime after the Battle of Rocky Face Ridge (February 25, 1864), which is the last battle honor listed on the flag.

This flag was captured at the Battle of Resaca, Georgia on May 15, 1864 by Captain Thomas J. Box of Company D, 27th Indiana Volunteers. Captain Box was recommended for and received the Congressional Medal of Honor. The flag was eventually forwarded to the War Department where it was assigned War Department Capture Number 232. It was returned to the State of Alabama effective March 25, 1905.

This flag is one of four nearly identical flags in the Department's collection which were carried by regiments within the brigade of Brigadier General H. D. Clayton at the Battle of Resaca, Georgia.

       Curator's Object Files, Civil War Flags, Alabama Department of Archives and History.
       Madaus, Howard Michael. The Battle Flags of the Confederate Army of Tennessee. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1976.
       U.S. War Department. American Decorations 1862-1926. Washington, Government Printing Office, 1927.

1Flags of this pattern were manufactured by James A. Cameron and Jackson Ogden Belknap.

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