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Object Name Flag
Catalog Number 1905.1
Date ca. 1863
Material(s) Wool
Dimensions H-36 W-61.5 inches
Description This is a 6th Regiment Kentucky Volunteers flag (Confederate). It is red and blue flannel bunting with a white liner. There are 13 appliqued stars on two crossed blue stripes and crossed cannons on the left side when looking at it. The names of the five battles marked on by hand in ink, Shiloh, Vicksburg, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Baton Rouge. Written on the white stripes of the crossed blue stripes.
Notes Captured by 10th Michigan Reg't Vet. Vol. Infantry Sept 1, 1864 at Jonesboro, GA and placed in the War Department , Washington, D.C. Returned to Ky from the Secretary of War on March 31, 1905. Given to the Confederate Home in Pewee Valley with the help of Adj't Gen'l P. P. Johnson with the consent of Gov. Wilson.

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 A big reason for this is how they were originally made.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 Civil War
Search Terms Confederate States of America
Civil War
Civil War flags
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS