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    A Union Gunboat Flag From the USS Kenesaw. The USS Kenesaw was a Union gunboat that operated up and down the Tennessee River during the campaign of 1863-1864. Pressed into service from its former use a steam cargo ship at the start of the war, the Kenesaw flew this swallowtail flag made of bunting, measuring 48" at the hoist and approximately 168" at the fly and approximately 133" at the swallowtail.

    Noted flag historian and author Howard Michael Madaus in his report of authentication on this rare flag stated that this flag was the only one of its kind he had examined. Visually attractive, the flag is composed of three horizontal bars; red at the top, dark blue at the middle and white at the bottom. The word 'Kenesaw' is appliquéd on both sides, each letter being 11 ¾" high in cotton.

    There has been a repair to the bottom white bar done with a bunting patch about 9" wide and 15" high. The flag has excellent provenance dating to the Civil War. First brought home after the war by a Major C. E. Bliven, it was donated to the Toledo Soldiers Memorial and thence to a private collector.

    Authentication: The flag come with a detailed letter of authenticity by Mr. Madaus.

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