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    A remarkable touchstone to some of the most historic events in Confederate Naval history.

    Confederate Naval Battle Flag of Capt. William Harwar Parker with Fonda S. Thomsen Letter of Authenticity. 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 from the reduced size cut out exposing the stars from the obverse side. The 1¾" hoist is constructed of a burlap texture canvas, which is wrapped around a ¼" rope halyard. The flag is entirely hand stitched and is entirely as 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 as an instructor at the US 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, possibly with this flag, 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 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 some tattering on the fly are clearly the result of use.


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    December, 2010
    11th Saturday
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