Premier Firearms Auction
May 12, 13 & 14, 2023
CONFEDERATE BATTLEFLAG OF GENERAL JOHN TYLER MORGAN CAPTURED AT BATTLE OF FAIR GARDEN, TENNESSEE JANUARY 27, 1864 BY INDIANA CAVALRY UNDER GENERAL MCCOOK.
Archival preserved and conserved in 54″ x 51” frame. Flag measures 45” on leading edge plus 2” fringe top and bottom, 49” plus 2” fringe. The hoist is missing as flag was ripped from staff when captured by 4th Indiana Cavalry. Tightly woven lightweight wool blend field, silk fringe, wool twill fimbriation, 13 stars are painted with shadowed edging. The flag is heavily souvenired as so often seen by soldiers wanting to remember this fight. The 4th Indiana had heavy casualties in this “desperate hand to hand fight” including Lt. Colonel John P. Leslie being killed. In this Union decisive victory, there were over 250 casualties and Gen. McCook reported capturing 2 Confederate flags including this one along with recapturing the US battleflag of the 31st Indiana Infantry, taking 112 prisoners, 17 officers, 800 small arms, and 2 cannon. General John T. Morgan had narrow escape. He had commanded one of 2 brigades under Maj. General Willian Martin. Accompanying are detailed reports of battle, and detailed report of flag conservation, and history of flag from when captured and collection history. The Battle of Fair Garden was near Sevierville, TN.