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Last ANV battle flag taken before surrender

On May 2, 1865 at Washington, D.C., The Evening Union newspaper reported the following: CONFEDERATE FLAGS –Seventy-six (a coincidence ’76) rebel flags were presented to the War Department yesterday, by General Gibbons, commanding 24th army corps. Secretary Stanton received them in his usual happy style. Prominently among these flags, was on formerly belonging to the Norfolk Light Artillery Blues, which was captured April 9, 1865 at Appomattox Court House, by the provost guard of the 1st division 2nd army corps , during the engagement of that date, which, it will be remembered, immediately preceded the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia, under General Lee.

The flag is of blue silk, and bears on the obverse side the Virginia coat of arms, with a repetition of its motto, in bold letters, above it, and the following inscription below “”Presented by the ladies of Norfork to the N. L. A. Blues organized Feb. 22nd “” [can’t make out year] On the reverse is a portrait of Washington, having above it the words: “”Our cause is just”” and below it: “”Our rights we will maintain”” It is bordered with heavy gold fringe, the letters of gilt, the devices well executed and altogether quite handsome in its appearance.”