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Civil War battle flag

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overall: 60 in x 96 in
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Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
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This is a cotton Civil War battle flag from the 47th Regiment, Illinois Volunteers, done much in the style of the traditional American flag. There are 13 alternating red and white stripes (7 red and 6 white). "Liberty & Union" is painted in gold across some of the stripes. The blue canton in the top inner corner is painted with thirty-four gold stars in a circular pattern. The following words are painted in gold lettering inside the circle: "Pekin Invincibles. Co. No. 2." Two notes were provided by the Lincoln Museum. The first reads: "Civil War Battle Flag. 47th Regiment. Ill. Volunteers. Gold lettering "Pekin Invincibles., Co.No.2" 34 gld stars in circular arrangement. 5'x8' (Gift to Foundation, date unknown)." The second is hand written and reads: "Flag presented to Co. No. 2 by the ladies of Pekin Presentation speech made by Mrs. H. P. Westerman. This flag was used as the Battle flag of the 47th Reg. Ill. Vol." Other collection items associated with Mrs. Henry P. Westerman are a letter from John Hay and two Lincoln photographs signed by President Abraham Lincoln to be sold at the Tazewell County Sanitary Fair in Illinois (housed at ACPL in Fort Wayne, IN) and a badge worn by a member of the Ladies Soldiers Aid Society with a note from Mrs. Westerman with an item ID of 71.2009.082.0154. Part of The Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum