|Dimensions||H-66.5 W-87 inches|
|Description||This is the 3rd Kentucky Infantry Orphan Brigade for the C.S.A. The field is navy blue fine wool two panel construction with a horizontal center seam. There is a red Christian cross made of wool applied and handsewn. The cross has seven vertical and six horizontal white five point stars. The horizontal bar of the cross is a lighter red. The fly and hoist edges have hemmed finish and the top and bottom edges are raw edges.|
This flag was captured on March 31, 1865 by 3rd. Iowa Cavalry at Montevallo, Alabama.
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 A big reason for this is how they were originally made.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||KHS Museum Collection|
|Event||American Civil War|
Confederate States of America
|Physical Holder||Kentucky Historical Society - KHS|