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ELLSWORTH'S FLAG RELIC
A fine relic of Col. Elmer E. Ellsworth, a 3 1/4" x 1 1/4" inch piece of red silk with a small white silk strap attached, mounted to a piece of heavy stock. It is enclosed within a period 8" x 10" wood frame with colored printed image of Ellsworth standing with his arms folded and dressed in the French style zouave uniform. Attached to the image is a red tag bearing contemporary handwriting: "Piece of the flag of Elsworths Regt.". Very good. On May 25, 1861, the day after Virginia seceded, Ellsworth led his men uncontested down the streets of Alexandria, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington. He ordered some of his men to take the railroad station while he and a few other soldiers went to secure the telegraph office. While doing this, Ellsworth noticed a Confederate flag flying above the Marshall House Inn. He and four others quickly went up the stairs. Ellsworth cut down the flag and was on the way down the stairs when the owner, James W. Jackson, killed him with a shotgun blast to the chest. Cpl. Francis Brownell of Troy, New York, immediately killed the innkeeper. Brownell was later awarded a Medal of Honor for his actions. The 44th N.Y. Vols., "Ellworth's Avengers", from whose flag this relic originates, was created in honor of the murdered hero, and was made up of hand-picked soldiers. It fought with distinction at many of the bloodiest battle of the war, including Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg.
Estimate $ 1,500-2,000

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