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Object Name Flag
Catalog Number 1976.110.38
Date ca. 1863
Material(s) Silk;
Dimensions H-39 W-36 inches
Description This is a blue canton from a national flag. In the center there is an eagle carrying a ribbon with an inscription. Surrounding the eagle is thirty stars laid out in a star design. There are three other stars in each corner with a possible fourth in the upper left corner. There are remnants of four red stripes and four white stripes. The letters "TH" can be seen next to the lower right corner of the canton on the fourth white stripe.
Notes 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 A big reason for this is how they were originally made.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
Subjects Flags
Military flags
Civil wars
Search Terms American Civil War
Civil War
Civil War flags
Civil Wars
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS