Flag: 48th Alabama Infantry
Catalogue No. 86.3946.1
(PN10132-10133)

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Provenance Reconstruction:

This flag an Army of Northern Virginia, 6th wool bunting issue. It was manufactured at the Richmond Depot during the winter of 1864-65. The flag was apparently surrendered at Appomattox and eventually forwarded to the U.S. War Department in Washington. There, it was assigned Capture Number 392 and described as "Battle-flag of the forty-eight Alabama, Fields Division, Longstreets' corps." The flag was returned to the State of Alabama effective March 25, 1905.

Sources:
       Biggs, Greg. "Ragged Rags of Rebellion. The Flags of the Confederacy," an unpublished manuscript, Curator's Files, Alabama Department of Archives and History.
       Curator's Object Files, Civil War Flags, Alabama Department of Archives and History.
       U. S. House of Representatives, 50th Congress, 1st Session, Executive Document No. 163. Captured Battle Flags: Letter from the Secretary of War with Enclosures, In response to a resolution of the House calling for information relative to captured standards, flags and colors, War Department, Washington, June 24, 1888.

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