A 33-Star American Flag with Civil War, First Battle of Bull Run association

circa 1860

Hand-sewn, single appliqued cotton stars in random direction in horizontal rows of 6,6,6,5,5,5, wool canton, the stars 'peek' through, hand-sewn cotton stripes, cotton sleeve hoist retains rope, hoist inscribed in ink, "Musician James Marshall Co. B, Ist Rgt, RI, Detached Militia, Providence, Bull Run," also inscribed, "W. Ferling" on bottom white stripe on Flag verso.

43 1/4 in. x 66 1/2 in.

Estimate $20,000-30,000

Literature: Kevin Keim & Peter Keim, A Grand Old Flag: A History of the United States Through its Flags (2007), 120-121.

Note: James Marshall enlisted at Providence, April 17, 1861, with the 1st Rhode Island Detached Militia, later renamed the First Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry Regiment. The Regiment was immediately dispatched to Washington, DC for the defense of the Capitol and then attached to Burnside's Brigade, Hunter's Division, McDowell's Army of Northeast Virginia. In July, the regiment advanced on Manassas and on July 21, took part in the First Battle of Bull Run. James Marshall mustered out August 2, 1861.

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Sold for $16,250 (buyer's premium included)