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Rare Army of Tennessee Flag

Rare Army of Tennessee Flag – In November and December of 1861, General P.G.T. Beauregard and Joseph E. Johnston introduced the design of the now famous “Confederate Battle Flag” to the forces in Virginia. Not long thereafter, this design spread to other Confederate forces, primarily as a result of the initiatives of Beauregard and Johnston. When Beauregard was transferred to Mississippi, in early 1862, he attempted to supplant existing flags with the “battle flag” he had introduced in Virginia months earlier. Three contracts were entered into with sail maker and ship’s chandler, Henry Cassidy of New Orleans, for a total of 132 battle flags, to be delivered in three lots, in February and March of 1862. The first and the third lots included, respectively, 30 and 31 infantry size battle flags as well as 12 each and 8 each of battle flags of the artillery size and cavalry size flags respectively. Although manufactured branch specific in terms of their size, the flags would be issued indiscriminately to the infantry and artillery, of the army, as needed. This flag, discovered near Bristol, Virginia, a number of years ago, is a wonderful example of one of Cassidy’s AOT infantry flags. As with most extant Cassidy made flags, this battle flag was made with a field composed of a red cotton-wool warp/weft field, traversed by a wide, dark blue, woolen St. Andrew’s cross, edged on its sides with strips of white cotton. Twelve white, six pointed, silk stars are sewn at 4-1/2” intervals on both sides of the flag. The cloth of this flag is in solid condition and still exhibits brilliant colors; as with most of the Cassidy AOT flags still in existence, the original, silk borders are no longer present. The edges of the flag are strong, with the exception of the flag’s corners which are somewhat ragged and in need of some conservation. This extremely rare and highly desirable flag was examined and authenticated by noted West Point curator, Les Jensen - SOLD



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