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Object Name Flag
Catalog Number 1962.157
Date ca. 1861
Material(s) Cotton
Dimensions H-41 W-53.75 inches
Description This is a Confederate First national flag. There is a blue (now faded to dark green) canton with eleven white appliqued stars still existing. There is a sleeve and red and white cording ties on the hoist side. There are two large red stripes (one at the top and one at the bottom) and one large white stripe sandwiched between them. The fly edge is hemmed. There are visible seams between the individual sections of the flag.
Notes This flag was captured at ex-President Tyler's home by Major G.W. McKee.

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 A big reason for this is how they were originally made.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
People McKee, George Wilson
Subjects Flags
Military flags
Civil wars
Search Terms American Civil War
Civil War
Civil War flags
Civil Wars
Flag remnants
Confederate States of America
Confederate Army
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS