July 2014 Artifact of the Month

Object: Battle flag of the 49th North Carolina Infantry

Object type: Flag

History: This Army of Northern Virginia pattern battle flag is the only one documented as being captured by a member of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) during the American Civil War. Modern research suggests it belonged to the 49th North Carolina Infantry. It was captured on July 30, 1864, at the Battle of the Crater, part of the Siege of Petersburg, Virginia, by Captain Albert D. Wright of the 43rd USCT. He led six of his African American troops around the rim of the Crater behind enemy lines, capturing five prisoners along with the flag, before being shot in the right arm. It was the 152nd captured Confederate flag turned in to the United States War Department. Captain Wright survived his wounds, and later received a Medal of Honor for capturing the flag.

Object status: Conserved and currently on exhibit at MOC-Richmond.

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