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Catalog Number 00041
Object Name Flag
Description A. FLAG:
Red wool field with white applique palmetto tree and crescent moon. Secession flag of South Carolina, Civil War period. Captured by Willard Baker of the 20th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Co. C at Mobile, Alabama in 1865. 1 layer. Machine and hand sewn. Cloth (cotton, wool). Oversized.

This flag was captured by Private Willard Baker of the 20th Iowa Volunteer Infantry at Mobile, Alabama. The 20th Iowa was in Mobile from mid-April until they were mustered out in early July. The flag was kept in Baker's possesion until 1919 when it was donated to the State Historical Society of Iowa.

Research has indicated Citadel (South Carolina Military College) troops flew a red palmetto flag at Morris Island during the repelling of the supply vessel the Star of the West (supply ship to Fort. Sumter). The flag was flown by cadets that fired on a Union ship trying to resupply Fort Sumter three months before the start of the Civil War. Research also indicates that the flag flown at the Citadel was made by the Vincent Family of South Carolina. There is no definitive evidence that the flag captured by Willard Baker is the same flag that flew over the Citadel.

Accessory information located in the Notes section.
Source Baker, Willard
Received Date 01/01/1919
Collection Iowa Battle Flag Project
Search Terms Civil War