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Description Hand-made silk United States Flag: blue canton with 30+ white five-pointed stars (flag is folded and some stars are not visible); the field has thirteen alternating red and white horizontal stripes.

This flag was one of two flags made by women of Oshkosh from silk ribbon that they bought in town. They presented this flag to Scott's Volunteers in April 1861. Scott's Volunteer's were mustered into United States service on June 29, 1861. After the war, the flag was hung on the porch of the donor, the daughter of John Walter Scott.

The flag is made of silk which has faded with time. There was not enough of one kind of material so the small town of Oshkosh was canvassed until all ribbon was found. The women were not sure of the arrangement of stars so different sizes were used. The flag was presented to the men by Miss Carrie Weed at the City Grove. Then presenting it she said "Gentlemen, It is with mingled feelings of sadness and joy that we meet you today; sadness that our belove country should be so rent by treason as to make our parting with friends necessary; joy that, at the first call, so many bravely volunteer to defend what is dear to all, our Constitution and Union. Our hopes and prayers go with you etc, etc."

Nancy Derby mentions this flag in her diary: "[April 24, 1861] ...The ladies in Oshkosh are making a flag for the company, or I presume one for each company.
[April 25, 1861] ...I called to see Mrs. Jewell to learn about the flags. The ladies in Oshkosh are making them of silk on sewing machines. Red white & blue & stars put on & appropriate mottoes...
[May 4] A very pleasant but cool morning. George & Hattie have gone down to see the flag presented to Mr. [Bouck's] company [Company E, 2nd Wisconsin]. Evening George came home said there the largest gathering he ever saw in Oshkosh. The company departed amidst weeping & heartrending farewells. Mr. Scott's company is to start next Wednesday.
Dimensions H-34 W-33 inches
Dimension notes Above dimensions are folded flag and approxmate.
Year Range from 1861
Event Civil War
Year range to 1861
Material Silk
Object ID 385-2
Object Name Flag
Place of Origin Oshkosh, WI
People Scott, John Walter
Hume, Nettie Aurora Scott
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