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28th Virginia battle flag

28th Virginia battle flag

This battle flag was captured by the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment on the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg. In the midst of Pickett's Charge on July 3, 1863, Private Marshall Sherman captured the flag from the 28th Virginia. The flag was turned into the U.S. War Department and cataloged, but by the late 19th century, it was back in Minnesota. Requests from Virginia to have the flag returned have not been succesful, and the flag is currently part of the Minnesota Historical Society collections. This object opens interesting discussions about the ownership of history.

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1863
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Location: 
Gettysburg
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