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Confederate Battleflag of General John Tyler Morgan Captured at Battle of Fair Garden, Tennessee January 27, 1864, by Indiana Cavalry Under General McCook
Archivally conserved in 54″ x 51″ frame. Flag measures 45″ x 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 was souvenired with pieces cut out 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 commanding officer Lt. Col. John P. Leslie being killed. 250 casualties were reported In this decisive Union victory, 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.
UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: Large file includes: detailed drawings and photo transparencies, Howard Madaus letters of authenticity and history 1983 and 1985, bill of sale from 1985 (R.E. Neville, Mobile), Textile conservation and restoration reports 1988 & 1989 (Fonda Thompson TPA), copies of reports of capture and inventory as part of Indiana State Library collection till collection dispersed in 1962. 1990 Newspaper article about Fonda Thompson and conservation of Alabama’s Confederate flags. Misc. history of General Morgan. “Also included is scholarly 11 page report of history of flag by prominent flag authority Greg Biggs”