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Guide to the Lumsden's Battery Battle Flag, Alabama Light Artillery, Confederate States Army mss.3719

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

September 2013

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-09-18T09:28-0500

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Lumsden's Battery battle flag, Alabama Light Artillery, Confederate States Army

Unit ID:

mss.3719

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

4.0 Linear feet (battle flag carried in Lumsden's Battery during the Civil War)

Dates:

between 1861 and 1865

Abstract:

Battle flag of Lumsden's Battery, Company "F", 2nd Light Artillery Battalion.

Usage Restrictions:

None - although it is very fragile

Access Restrictions:

None?

Processing Information:

Processed by

Martha Bace, 2013

Preferred Citation:

Lumsden's Battery Battle Flag, Alabama Light Artillery, Confederate States Army, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Biographical/Historical note

Lumsden's Artillery Battery, Company "F", 2nd Light Artillery Battalion, was organized at Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on 29 November 1861 and reported for duty at Mobile,125 strong. The battery was recruited from Fayette, Pickens, and Tuscaloosa counties. Stationed at Fort Gaines until, after Shiloh, the battery relieved Charles P. Gage's at Tupelo, and were given six guns. The battery skirmished at Farmington, and in the Kentucky campaign fought at Perryville with small loss. At Chickamauga, there were several casualties, and the battery lost a gun. Its pieces moved down the road from Dalton to Atlanta, losing 5 k and 25 w in casualties. The battery's loss was small around Atlanta; but having marched with the army into Tennessee, it was overwhelmed at Nashville, losing its guns, six men k, and 22 captured. Placed in Spanish Fort, they were under fire for two weeks, with some loss. Moving up toward Marion Station, Mississippi, the battery was surrendered with the Department of Alabama, Mississippi and East Louisiana, at Citronelle, Alabama, on 4 May 1865.

Officers: Capt. Charles L. Lumsden; Lts. George Vaughan (made surgeon); H. H. Cribbs (resigned); G. H. Gargrove (wounded, Nashville); Ed Tarrant (resigned); A. C. Hargrove (wounded, Spanish Fort); John A. Caldwell (wounded, Spanish Fort)

Armaments: Six 6-lb Rifles (two of them Parrot Rifles) (as of 19 April 1862); four 12-lb. Napoleons (between 29 March and 16 Dec 1864)

Acquisition Information:

Presented to the University of Alabama [Libraries?] in the 1960s by D.E. Lumsden (brother), Mrs. W.Y. Westervelt (daughter), Mrs. S.J. Webb and Mrs. F. H. Tonsmeire (nieces) - family of Captain Charles Lumsden.

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains the battle flag carried by Lumsden's Battery between 1861 and 1865. The flag is 41.5" high and 40" wide, with a red field (wool/cotton mix), superimposed by a dark blue cross (cotton), with 3 white stars (silk) on each arm of the cross. There is a yellow wool border around three sides of the flag with a white cotton board along the staff edge.

Source(s)

Lumsden, Charles L., 1834-1867 (local)

Lumsden, David E. (local)

Westervelt, W.Y., Mrs. (local)

Alabama--History--Civil War, 1861-1865 (lcsh)

Civil War (localbroad)

Confederate States of America. Army. Lumsden's Battery (lcsh)

Flag Box 3719