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32nd Arkansas Flag?

Hey folks!

Trying to determine anything I can about this flag I picked up in a trade. Here’s some photos (I played around with lighting to make some things easier to see): https://imgur.com/a/BYp9PGg. Here’s what I know:

- it’s approximately 68.5” x 45”
- McCowd design?
- has the unit listed like this:

32d
ARK. REG.
INF.

- JENKINS FERRY is the battle listed at the bottom of the flag
- text on the header:

Col. L. C. Gause
White River
Wm Steel
M (front and back)

I know L.C. Gause commanded the 32nd Arkansas and they did indeed fight at Jenkins Ferry. He was also a Congressman after the war. The 32nd disbanded in March 1865 at White River but later officially surrendered as part of the Trans-Mississippi Army. I do NOT know who William Steel was, but here’s some thoughts... Frederick Steele opposed the Confederates at Jenkin’s Ferry and his full name didn’t include a William anywhere. The only other significant “Steel” was the Confederate General William Steele (with an “e”). He was also in the Trans-Mississippi CSA Army, as was the 32nd.

A user on a different forum had this to say:
"It is in fact a typical early war battle flag of the type that was issued to Arkansas units in the Fall of 1862. The 30th Arkansas Infantry carried such a flag at Murfreesboro in December 1862 and an identical flag was captured from the 39th Arkansas Infantry at Helena on July 4th 1863."

Anyone have any thoughts on any of this?

Thank you so much!!

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