March 2015 Artifact of the Month


Headquarters Flag of General Jubal Early

According to official U.S. War Department records:

"General Early's Headquarters Flag, Confederate National Standard captured in Battle at Waynesboro, Va., March 2nd , 1865, by Captain Christopher C. Bruton,  Co. C, 22nd New York Cavalry, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Cavalry Division Bt. Maj. Gen. George A. Custer Commdg."

George Custer’s division was part of Philip Sheridan’s army operating against Jubal Early in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.  Custer smashed through the Confederate lines, capturing hundreds of supply wagons, more than a thousand men, and seventeen flags, including the headquarters flag of General Jubal Early, himself.  Early escaped capture but was mortified at “seeing the greater part of my command being carried off as prisoners.”


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