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Catalog Number 00002
Object Name Flag
Description A. FLAG:
Confederate battle flag styled after a 2nd National flag. Association: Confederate States of America. Captured fom the 37th Arkansas Infantry Regiment. Partial. Machine and hand stitching. 1 layer. Cloth (silk); pigment (dye). Modified canton design. Object No: R-2, tagged only

Arkansas seceded from the Union on May 6, 1861, one month after the attack on Fort SUmter which marks the start of the Civil War. One year later the 37th Arkansas Infantry (from which this flag would be taken) was mustered into service. Originally organized as the 1st Trans-Mississippi Infantryand then the 29th Arkansas Infantry, the 37th Arkansas Infantry was accepted into the Confederate service on June 6, 1862. The 37th Arkansas was also known as Bell's Regiment, for it was commanded by Colonel Samuel S. Bell. This flag was captured by the 33rd Iowa Infantry at the Battle of Helena, Arkansas, on July 4, 1863.
Catalogue card reads: "Captured by the 33rd Iowa Infantry Regiment at Helena, Arkansas on July 4, 1863. Donated by Col. C. H. Mackey via the Adj. General Nathanial B. Baker in 1926."

Ingersoll, Lurton Denham. Iowa and the Rebellion.
Logan, Guy E. Roster and Record.
Madaus, Howard Micheal and Robert D. Needham. The Battle Flags of the Confederate Army of Tennessee. Milwaukee. Milwaukee Public Muesum, 1976.
Stuart, Addison A. Iowa Colonels.
Accessory information located in Notes section.
Source State Historical Society Inc
Received Date / /
Collection Iowa Battle Flag Project
Search Terms Civil War
Confederate States of America
37th Arkansas Infantry
Battle of Praire Grove
Battle of Little Rock
Battle of Pleasant Hill
Red River Expedition
Camden Expedition
Battle of Jenkin's Ferry
Battle of Helena