FRAMED CONFEDERATE REUNION FLAG, ID’D TO GENERAL WILLIAM WICKHAM, 4TH VIRGINIA CAVALRY

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Item Code: 973-01

This printed ANV cotton flag was discovered, along with five other flags, in 1987 by John G. Wickham, great-great grandson of Confederate General Williams Carter Wickham (1820-1888), at General Wickham’s ancestral home, Hickory Hill, in Hanover County, Virginia. The flags were found in the back of a small storage closet under the stairway leading to the third floor of the manor house. The flags remained with Mr. Wickham at Hickory Hill until 2006.

Confederate Brigadier General Williams Carter Wickham was born in 1820 at Richmond, Virginia. He was the son of William Fanning Wickham and Anne Carter Wickham (of the Carter family of Shirley Plantation, and first cousin of Robert E. Lee). He was a graduate of the University of Virginia, member of the bar, and served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, State Senate and as a Captain in the Virginia Volunteers. In August 1862, he was commissioned Colonel of the 4th Virginia Cavalry and participated in the battles of Second Manassas, Boonsboro and was wounded at Sharpsburg. Recovering from this wound, he took part in the battle of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. In 1863, he was with the Army of Northern Virginia at the Battle of Gettysburg and was promoted Brigadier General in September 1863. In 1864, he skillfully led his corps in engagements at Fishers Hill, Waynesboro, and Yellow Tavern, where Jeb Stuart’s final order before being mortally wounded was, “Order Wickham to dismount his brigade and attack!” He resigned his commission when elected to the Second Confederate Congress in October 1864. After the war, he served as president of the Virginia Central Railroad Company, Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Company and again became a member of the Virginia State Senate. Wickham died in 1888 and is buried at Hickory Hill Cemetery in Ashland, Virginia. A statue of him is located at Monroe Park in Richmond.

Flag measures 34” x 25.5”. Flag is in reasonably good condition with no holes or tears. Red has slightly faded, and white has yellowed with age. Very light soiling is present in areas. Flag is mounted on gray colored mat.

Wooden pole measures 31” tall. Flag is attached to its original light wood staff, with turned, pointed top. Staff is broken just below the slotted attachment area of the bottom of flag. The flag is attached to the staff through a long, narrow slot in the wood, then the staff slots were joined, clamping the flag fabric, via three long iron staple-like devices. These iron staples are not of the 20th century variety.

Frame has a dark bronze colored finish with beaded edge. Measures 40 ½” x 47 ¼”. Shows a few scattered small nicks, but overall very good condition. Wire is mounted on reverse for hanging.

Records accompany this item, as well as a notarized letter of provenance, signed by John G. Wickham.  [sl]

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