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Catalog Number 2012.124
Maker Mary McKee (mother) and aunt of Colonel Samuel McKee
Date 1861
Material(s) Silk/Cotton/Paint
Dimensions H-46 W-69.5 inches
Description This 13-star national color has seven red stripes and six white stripes. The canton is blue and features an eagle in flight clutching arrows in the left talon and olive branches in the right talon. The eagle carries a gold ribbon in its beak that reads "E. PLURIBUS UNUM." The canton has thirty-four silver five-point painted stars that surround the eagle in the canton forming a pair of rough circles. All elements in the canton are painted on the silk. The reverse has the same design. The seams appear to be machine stitched. There is an inscription in ink on the top white stripe near the canton. The inscription reads "Jennie Speake / Columbia / KY / Aug 13th 1861." The fly is hemmed and the hoist is reinforced with cotton tape. The hoist retains tack hole where the flag was attached to a pole.
Notes Samuel McKee joined the 3rd Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, USA at the begging of the Civil War. He rose from the rank of Captain to Colonel. He took part in the battle of Shiloh, was present at Munfordsville, and the battle of Stone River. He was killed in action at Stone River on 31 December 1862.
Collection Winnetka Historical Society
Event American Civil War
People McKee, Samuel
Subjects Flags
Military flags
Civil wars
National emblems
Search Terms 3rd Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, USA
American Civil War
Civil War Flags