Thirty-four-star "Fair Oaks, VA." American Flag, c. 1862-63, red and white hand-sewn wool bunting stripes, with inset blue twilled woolen cloth letters which read FAIR OAKS, VA., blue hand-sewn canton with thirty-four white cotton stars, linen hoist marked G.W. GERAU SAILMAKER, ht. 77, lg. 157 in.
Provenance: From the collection of the Valley Forge Historical Society.
Note: With the flag is a copy of the original donation note which reads: "Rev. Mr. Burk/Yours of the 11th rec'd./I will send flag. As I wrote you/that my late Husband had the/flag made on his return home/wounded from Fair Oaks Va, we/had a great time one day, the day/that flag was raised and how we/enjoyed seeing it-blow out-thus/showing the lettering." It also goes on to state his service as a first lieutenant in the 61st Regiment New Jersey Volunteers, also the 22nd United States Colored Troops, acting assistant inspector general of the colored brigade, and a first lieutenant in the Veteran Reserve Corps.
Hoist is frayed and worn, some holes and tears on the wool bunting.
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