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    United States 34-Star Camp Flag - "The Tiger Regiment" 43rd MA Vol. Inf. The 43rd Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry was a regiment raised in 1862 in response to President Abraham Lincoln's call for 300,000 men to serve for nine months.

    This is a 34-Star, United States flag, current from 1861 to 1863. The flag is a 48" X 70", cotton, painted flag. The 34 stars are the squat "starfish" type with stars often found on vernacular or homemade flags and arranged in a double ring with center and four corner stars. The is no remaining method of attachment. Presumably, a single faced, it has been mounted to a natural fiber fabric backing with adhesive. There are on markings on the flag, but affixed to the backing is a note which reads, "43rd Rgt. Tigers Readville Mass."

    This flag is a Camp Flag, privately acquired and carried to war, they were displayed as an unofficial and non-ceremonial flag and often used by individual companies of a regiment. They varied in their appearance and did not comply with official US Army specifications.

    The 43rd Rgt. was formed from elements of the Second Battalion Massachusetts Volunteers, a militia unit that can trace its origins to 1798. The 2nd was nicknamed the "Tigers" and the appellation stuck. In 1862, the volunteers became the "Tiger Regiment." After being organized, they trained at Camp Meigs in Readville, Massachusetts just outside of Boston.

    They were assigned to the Department of North Carolina, headquartered in New Bern, NC., under the command of Maj. Gen. John G. Foster, and given primarily to patrol and reconnaissance duty. They participated in the Goldsboro Expedition to disrupt the confederate rail system around Wilmington by destroying the Goldsboro Bridge. They also fought in the battles of Kinston and White Hall. A nine-month regiment, they mustered out in mid-1863, losing two soldiers killed in action and 12 to disease.

    This is an opportunity for a collector of 34-star, Massachusetts, Camp, and home-front artifacts.

    Condition: The condition of the flag is fair. It has been mounted to a backing, presumably to stabilize the obverse. The flag is clearly used and worn. The stripes are badly crocked with color dispersal and fading. The stars exhibit some paint loss. The flag appears to be intentionally stressed, again likely for display, as there are two burned areas that penetrate both the flag and the backing. It is used, worn, and faded with some fabric and paint loss.

    This flag was formerly in the collection of Dr. Clarence Rungee, and is accompanied by his original museum inventory sheet with identifying information.

    For those who did not receive a hard copy of the auction catalog, we present here the introductory comments and history of Dr. Rungee and his remarkable collection.

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    Auction Dates
    September, 2020
    14th-15th Monday-Tuesday
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