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    Confederate First National Flag with Capture History and Complete Fonda Thomsen Analysis Report. The flag is constructed of one layer of wool broadcloth with the leading edge 32", and 58" on the fly. 22" high x 21" wide blue wool canton with nine 4¾" white cotton stars appliqued to each side. The canton has a 7" high x 5½" wide matching blue patch, applied to the reverse on the leading edge side of the circle of stars. This area may have originally contained a 10th star. It is likely the star was removed as a souvenir by men in the Confederate unit, or the capturing Union unit. The use of two-ply linen thread for the patch and three-ply S black cotton thread on the stars, suggest a field repair at a time when there were limited materials available. The flag shows scattered damage throughout, remaining about 80% intact. The leading edge has been torn and is missing 3½" of the fabric on the bottom. There is staining from rust around each nail hole on the hoist edge and two of the holes have been torn through to the outer edge. The flag is soiled from a period of use and creased from folding. Some of the damage appears to be the result of insect infestation, but much of it is, according to Ms. Thomsen, from use. Included with the flag are several pieces of the original red and blue fabric, the largest being a red piece 1½" x 5" with several other pieces of rather substantial size. The flag is obviously an excellent candidate for professional restoration.

    The flag was captured in August of 1862 by Howard K. White. After the war, it was displayed in Mr. White's well known retail establishment in New York City, until 1961, when it was acquired by the late renowned Civil War collector Wendell Lang from Mr. White's sons. Remaining in Mr. Lang's possession until 1991, when ownership transferred to Dr. Freddie T. Barron. The flag is accompanied by a brass plaque stating this history.

    A truly "pedigreed" Confederate First National flag worthy of professional restoration and mounting.




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    December, 2010
    11th Saturday
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