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11th AL. Flag Captured at Sharpsburg Description

MONTGOMERY WEEKLY ADVERTISER, November 12, 1862, p. 4, c. 3

Honored Flags in Federal Hands.A correspondent of the Northern journals, who paid a visit to McClellan, was shown the Confederate flags captured in Maryland. We copy the following from the review which he gives of the most interesting of the collection:

"We are first shown the battle flag of the rebels, which General McClellan informed us had been generally adopted by them, in lieu of the regular Confederate or national rebel flag, which was the only one carried in the earlier period of the war.It was about four feet square, red ground with blue stripes about four inches wide, running diagonally across, or from corner to corner. On these stripes are twelve white stars, representing the twelve States claimed by the rebels as belonging to their Confederacy. It was very badly torn and blood-stained. From a written paper sewed on it, I learned that it had been the battleflag of the 11th Alabama regiment, captured by the 57th New York Volunteers, Richardson's division, Sumner's corps, at the battle of Antietam, September 17th, 1862.