CONFEDERATE FIRST NATIONAL FLAG, RARE CRESCENT STAR FORMATION, FEBRUARY-APRIL 1861, made of flannel, with seven white stars hand applied on a faded blue canton. This flag was captured by L.T. Charles Henry Bromadge Caldwell of the U.S.S. Gunboat Itasca during the fall of New Orleans in April of 1862.NOTE: Accompanied with a notarized affidavit by Dorothy B. Merrill, great granddaughter of L.T. Caldwell. Also included, in her own hand, a copy of the Report of Lieut.-Commanding C. H. B. Caldwell, U. S. Gunboat Itasca, U.S. Steam Gunboat, Itasca, Pilot Town, Miss. River, April 24, 1862 wherein Lt. Caldwell writes this poignant letter, reporting to his commanding officer, in detail, the events leading to the capture of this flag. Height: 33" Width: 48"