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Object Name Flag
Catalog Number 1995.06.12
Maker Hugh Wilkins
Date ca. 1861
Material(s) Silk
Dimensions H-70 W-71 inches
Description Fragments at lower canton edge show blue material in a 1 1/2" panel; 2 feet of fly fringe with upper corner of stripe hem and small 6-8" piece of 2nd. red stripe present' 42" of lower fringe with red stripe fragments; fragments of the 5th. and 6th. red stripe below canton, some fragments of white stripes between' "8th." only lettering left on the 4th. red stripe; no sleeve or header.
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 A big reason for this is how they were originally made.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
People Wilkins, Hugh
Subjects Flags
Civil wars
Search Terms Civil War
Civil War flags
Flag remnants
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS