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Fragment of Confederate flag from ram "Tennessee"

Object Number: 
1930.68
Date: 
1860-1865
Medium: 
Cotton; glass, cardboard
Dimensions: 
Framed: 5 x 4 x 1/8 in. (12.7 x 10.2 x 0.3 cm)
Marks: 
ink inscription: on back of frame: "Henry had a letter from/his substitute the other/day, in it was enclosed/these pieces of a rebel/flag which floated at/the masthead of the/Rebel Ram Tenessee/Salem December 1864"
Description: 
Fragment of Confederate flag in glass frame with oval mat; cotton flag with red and blue sections; flag from masthead of rebel ram "Tennessee." "Rebel flag...mast head of Rebel??"
Gallery Label: 
This Confederate flag fragment is from the masthead of the rebel ram "Tennessee" and was among a group of Civil War relics collected by Dr. John Osgood Stone (1813-1876). According to the inscription on the back of the frame, the fragment was obtained by a substitute who mailed it back to Henry Stone in Salem, MA.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Morgan Grinnell
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group