The collection that I referred to is the Arthur W. Hyatt Collection at LSU Baton Rouge. The flag remnants are in an envelope labeled, “Piece of the flag of the Consolidated Crescent Regiment. Just before dismembering (disbanding?) or being paroled, the flag was torn into small pieces and distributed as far as it would go among the members of the regiment.”
There are three pieces, each of which appears to be a representation of another flag. These were apparently sewn to the larger regimental flag. My guess is that these were representative of the three component units of the Consolidated Crescent.
The first is a 4”x7” banner with a V-cut on the right side. It has three horizontal stripes (red/white/red) with a blue field in the upper left the height of the top two stripes. There is nothing in the blue field but the researcher told me that there are a lot of loose white threads in it. I’m guessing those threads may have be an embroidered Crescent similar to the Co. A flag that Confederate Memorial has in their collection. Maybe this represented the original Crescent Regiment.
The second is a 4”x4” white flag with a standard design Confederate battle flag taking up the top left quadrant. “Acadian’s in Gray” web site shows a similar flag for the 12th Battalion which was consolidated with the Crescent.
The last is a 2”x6” solid blue field with a single gold star in the center that is almost the entire height of the flag. Maybe this was the 11th Battalion, the remaining component of the Consolidated.
Since Colonel Hyatt was the commander of the Consolidated Crescent Regiment when it was paroled he may have had the privilege of getting these pieces. Of course, all this is just my speculation. I have a pdf taken from a microfilm of these remnants if you are interested.
Judy Bolton is the head of Public Services for the Special Collections department at LSU Libraries and has been very helpful. She stated that LSU has no museum to display these artifacts, however she was receptive to loaning them to a museum. She is checking into the succession arrangements by the original donor now. She is also consulting with LSU staff at their Antique Textiles Collection about preservation.
The collection Jim is referring to is the J.W. Texada collection at Tulane. I haven’t seen this one yet, but the notation on it is very interesting. It says, “a piece of the flag belonging to the Crescent regiment, C.S.A. under which my husband… fought at the battle of Shiloh. It was afterward borne thro’ the battles of Fordoche, Bisland, Texaza [sic], Mansfield, Pleasant Hill & many others…” This would indicate that the same flag was retained after the consolidation, and was the one torn up before the parole at Mansfield, but I have heard that there exists a Crescent Regiment flag in a private collection in Georgia.
There are two other people researching the Crescent other than myself and we would greatly appreciate any and all information that you can share with us. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.