Flag: 16th Alabama Infantry
This flag conforms to the pattern of those issued to the corps of Major
General William J. Hardee, Army of the Mississippi/Army of Tennessee. It was
issued to the regiment late in 1864 and was captured at the Battle of Franklin on
November 30, 1864. Both Pvt. J. H. Ricksecker of Co. D. and Pvt. Abraham
Greenwalt of Co. G, 104th Ohio Infantry have at various times been credited with
the capture of the flag. Both men were recommended for and received the
Congressional Medal of Honor. They were also among nine men who captured
flags at Franklin who were selected to personally deliver them to the War
Department in Washington. However, only seven flags were registered with the
War Department as having been captured at Franklin. These flags were assigned
Capture Numbers 240-246. Through a clerical error both Ricksecker and
Greenwalt were credited with the capture of the flag of the 16th Alabama Infantry.
The flag actually captured by Ricksecker was assigned Capture Number 244 and
at some point was inscribed with his name. Ricksecker's flag is now at the
Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond, Virginia. The flag of the 16th Alabama
Infantry was captured by Pvt. Greenwalt and was assigned Capture Number 242.
The flag and its staff were returned to the State of Alabama effective March 25, 1905.
The staff, which had been separated from the flag, was located and positively identified in July, 1998.
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Updated: Updated: October 25, 2006