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Object Name Flag
Catalog Number 1939.186
Date cs. 1861
Material(s) Wool, various cotton/wool patches
Dimensions H-65.5 W-56.5 inches
Description This is the 1st National, 2nd Kentucky Infantry CSA Flag. It has two red stripes and one white stripe. The canton is blue with the words, "Kentucky Shall Be Free" arching across the top and a cross below it (applique). The reverse of canton has fourteen appliqued stars. There are several hand stitched patches on the flag, four on the long red stripe, two on the white stripe each cross over onto the red stripes. There are several patches on the canton.
Notes Carried by Sergeant Freeland Cully, Co. C, 2nd. Ky. C.S.A.

Some of our Civil War era flags are in terrible shape. A big reason for this is how they were originally made. Harsh dyes used to color fabrics (especially silk) resulted in the material breaking apart and shattering. Painted areas typically remain more intact but paint does not allow free movement of the fabric and thus contributes to the fracturing of adjacent areas.

Ironically wool and cotton flags, which were less expensive to produce, are far more stable than silk flags. These flags in our collection remain largely intact and in far better condition than their silk counterparts.

Many of the Civil War era flags in our collection cannot be physically displayed without causing further damage. KHS stores flags flat in a stable environment. Our goal is to slow the deterioration as much as possible.
Collection John Cully Collection
Event American Civil War
Subjects Flags
Search Terms Kentucky
Confederate States of America
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS