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    Confederate Naval Battle Flag of Capt. William Harwar Parker with Fonda S. Thomsen Analysis Report. 96" X 144", conforming precisely to specifications set by the Confederate Secretary of the Navy on May 26, 1863, calling for flags to have a length one and one half times the width. Constructed entirely of one layer of wool bunting in the pattern of a Confederate Naval jack. There are thirteen 14" five pointed stars inset on an 18" wide blue bunting cross on the obverse. The reverse of the flag exposes 10" stars resulting in the reduced size cut out exposing the stars from the obverse side. The 1 3/4" hoist is constructed of burlap textured canvas, which is wrapped around a 1/4" rope halyard. The flag is entirely hand stitched and is entirely as originally constructed. Nicely marked in period ink block letters on the hoist "Capt. Parker".

    William Harwar Parker entered the US Navy as a 15 year old midshipman in 1841. He was cited for gallantry during his extensive Mexican War service and subsequently served on US Navy cruises throughout the world, with a respite from 1853 to 1857 while he served as an instructor at the Naval Academy. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Parker joined the Virginia State Navy, while his brother, Foxhall A. Parker, remained in the US Navy. In 1862 he took command of the Confederate gunboat CSS Beaufort, and was present at the historic actions at Hampton Roads on March 8 and 9 1862. He was subsequently named Executive Officer of the ironclad CSS Palmetto and, in October 1863, became superintendent of the Confederate States Naval Academy, based on board the CSS Patrick Henry, in the James River. He also commanded the ironclad CSS Richmond. In April 1865 Parker and his midshipmen served as a rear guard as the Confederate Capital was evacuated. A remarkable history, at least some portion of which doubtless occurred under this exact flag.

    The flag is in overall excellent sound condition. There is some scattered minor damage, some of it obviously the result of insects, while others, such as the tattering on the fly, are clearly the result of use. A great Confederate flag, both historically and visually. Associated with a gallant Confederate Naval officer.


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    June, 2011
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