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    A great Confederate battle flag with superb history, impeccable provenance; never before offered for sale.

    "One of six rebel battle flags captured from the rebel Gen'l Hoke's Division in their assault on the 1st (Stannard's) Division of the 18th Corps Brevet Maj. Gen. G. Weitzel Com'd'g on Friday the 30th September 1864 at Chafin's Farm near Richmond Virginia" is the ink script legend on the 4.5" x 5" paper tag affixed to this Army of Northern Virginia Confederate battleflag, consigned by General Weitzel's direct lineal descendants. The flag is now 46.5" x 34" high, constructed of three horizontally seamed pieces of red wool bunting. The 3.5" white cotton stars overlaid on a 5 1/8" blue wool bunting cross edged with a 9/16" cotton border. The flag is edged with a 2" white wool bunting border. A portion of the cross and a star have been removed from both right quadrants, along with sections of the upper left quadrant of the flag, doubtless as souvenirs by the regiment that captured the flag. The remainder of the flag shows some battle damage and soiling but excellent sound condition. The flag was tacked to the linen backing by the family a number of years ago, and has been in their possession since the Civil War.

    The action at Chaffin's Farm saw fierce fighting between Stannard's Division of Weitzel's 18th Corps, and Hoke's Division , with McKethan's Brigade suffering 529 casualties including many captured. The four regiments in McKethan's Brigade were the 8th, 31st, 51st and 61st North Carolina. Although the 6th South Carolina of Bratton's Brigade also lost its flag on the 30th, and the flag of the 20th Georgia was captured on the 29th, is likely this flag was, in fact, taken from one of the regiments in McKethan's Brigade.

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2009
    12th Saturday
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