Antique 34 Star American Flag, Circa 1861.
VERY RARE! CIVIL WAR FLAG WITH ATLANTA CONNECTION
This flag was used in the war and then returned back to its home town and used as a very rare surviving authentic recruiting flag for the unit. All the battles the unit fought in are stenciled on to the flag. The flag was examined by the Civil War department by a major Civil War museum as was found to be a authentic civil war used flag and a very rare flag that was used to recruit new troops as the 35th Star Flag came out and this 34 star flags was retired.
Military ordered & issued.
62” high 100” wide
The Flag is ID’ed from the 38th Infantry, Illinois and has the initials R x H written on the back of the hoist in period ink.
Individual hand cut & hand sewn stars. In the 5, 5, 5, 4, 5, 5, 5 stars in a row arrangement. The stars are approximately 5 ½” across on a canton that is 36”x49”. The stars are called “peek-a-boo” stars because on the reverse side the blue fabric is cut away in the shape and size of the star and hemmed so the white from the front shows through. This is also a sign of an early flags and fabric shortages due to wartime. The Stripes are made of wool and individually hand treadle sewn. The stripes are 5 ¼”. The hoist is made of canvas and has hand sewn buttonhole type grommets, which is indicative of early flags, as the metal grommets had not been invented yet. The fly end of the flag has double line treadle sewn stitching. The canton is made of two panels of material, which is indicative of fabric shortages in wartime. There are numerous tiny holes throughout the flag and numerous hand sewn stitched repairs.
The highlight features of this flag on top of being a spectacular example of a hand sewn civil war flag is that it also has stenciled names of the battles the Unit fought in. Flags with this feature are especially rare and most are in museums.
The following battles are stenciled on the white stripe:
CHAPLIN HILL Note! This also has 15 stars below the name.
STONE RIVER, HOOVER GAP, CHICKAMAHA, LOOK OUT MOUNTAIN, MISSIONARY RIDGE, GREYSVILLE, BUZZARD ROOST, RESACHA, DALLAS, KENNESAW, CHATTAHOOCHIE, PEACHTREE CREEK, ATLANTA, JONESBORO, BENTONVILLE
Diamond type designs are stenciled around the battle names.
Flag is in very nice condition showing minor use. Packed away and forgotten about till 2011 when it was discovered, and I purchased it. The white has faded to a tan color which is typical. It also has some minor stains and a few holes. There are some rust stains on the hoist as it must have been packed away with something metal.
Canvas hoist with hand sewn buttonhole grommets
The 5” stars are hand cut and sewn. These are called Peek-A-Boo stars as the back side is cut & hemmed. Typical with war shortage of material
The canton is made of three panels which is typical of war time shortages.
Treadle sewn stripes 7” wide
34 Star Hand Sewn Civil War Flag
Voted into the Union on January 29th, 1861 President: A. Lincoln