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Catalog Number 07282
Object Name Flag
Description A. FLAG:
4th Iowa Cavalry flag. Patterned after a U.S. national. Oversized. 1 layer. Cloth (cotton, wool); pigment. Hand Sewn. Made by the ladies of Lee County.
Object No: 7282, tagged only

This regiment would distinguish itself near the end of the war by capture of numerous Confederate flags which would result in eight of its members recieving the Medal of Honor. Those to receive the Medal of Honor include-Nicolas Fanning, James P. Miller, Charles Swan, Norman F. Bates, Edward J. Bebb, Henry County, Richard H. Cosgriff, John Hays, and Richard H. Morgan. The 4th Iowa Cavalry traveled to Atland where they were mustered out of service on August 10 and retured to Davenport on August 24, 1865. This flag was made by the ladies of Lee County and given to the regiment. One of the ladies was Harriet Root who later married one of the men in the regiment, William G. Pittman of West Point in Lee County. Pittman had joined the regiment when it was first being organized in October 1861. He served with the regiment a little more than a year. He was disabled by a battle wound, although the roster records do not indicate in which battle this occurred. As a result, Pittman was discharged in December, 1862. In 1865, Pittman and Miss Root were married, and some years thereafter this flag was given to the Pittmans. Descendents believe the reasib was that William Pittman was active in the G.A.R. in Iowa and later in Nebraska. The flag was later donated to the State Historical Society of Iowa by the Pittman's grandsons in 1973.
Total enrollment-1,952
Died of wounds-11
Died of disease-199
Buried in national cemeteries-97

Ingersoll, Lurton Denham. Iowa and the Rebellion. Philadelphia. Lippincott, 1866.
Logan, Guy E. Roster and Record of Iowa Troops in the Rebellion. State of Iowa, 1911.
Needham. The Battle Flags of the Confederate Army of Tennessee. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Milwaukee Public Museum, 1976.
Rich, Joseph. A Descriptive List of the Confederate Flags in the Possession of the State Historical Society of Iowa. Iowa City, IA. The State Historical Society of Iowa, 1918.
Scott, William Forse. The Story of a Cavalry Regiment: The Career of the Fourth Iowa Veteran Volunteers. New York. G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1893.
Swisher, Jacob A. The Iowa Department of the Grand Army of the Republic. Iowa City, IA. State Historical Society of Iowa, 1936.

NOTE: documentation from family indicated that Mr. Pittman most likely recieved the flag as a direct result of his involvement in the GAR. Mr. Pittman served in the 1st Independent Battery, Iowa Light Artillery. The flag was used by the 4th Iowa Cavalry.

Accessory information located in the Notes Section.
Source Burris, Dr. Paul W.
Received Date 02/01/1973
Collection Iowa Battle Flag Project
Search Terms Civil War
4th Iowa Cavalry
Battle of Wilson's Creek
Battle of Fourteen Mile Creek
Battle of Brownville
Siege of Vicksburg
Battle of Charlton Prairie