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Catalog Number 00041
Object Name Flag
Description A. FLAG:
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.

HISTORY:
Research has indicated a likely connection to the Citadel. Citadel troops flew a red palmetto flag during 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 this flag was made by the Vincent Family of South Carolina, noted flag and candle makers of the time. The flag was captured by Private Willard Baker of the 20th Iowa Volunteer Infantry on April 9, 1865, the flag was kept in Baker's possesion until 1919 when it was donated to the State Historical Society of Iowa.
Object No: 41, tagged only

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