Framed fragment of red cloth that was contained in the accompanying envelope with the following ink inscription. “On April 13, 1865 I entered Raleigh NC with the advance of Scofield’s 23rd army corps of Shermans army and operated a signal station on the state capitol. On the morning of April 14, general Sherman entered the city with his 4th army corps, and an officer from his staff brought his headquarters flag and ran it up on the pole on top of the capitol where it stayed until Sherman and his 4th corps started for Washington in May. During a thunder storm a piece of the flag was torn off and preserved by me. The enclosed fragment I cut from that piece today. The officer who put up the flag said it was the flag carried from Atlanta to the sea, and the same one which he put up in the capitols of Georgia and South Carolina.
Presented to C.W. Blume by George C. Round, Lt. Signal Corps, U.S.A. Dec. 10,1911”
George Carr Round enlisted in May 1861 as a private in the 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery. He was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in March 1863. The envelope and fragment are mounted in a 16 ¾” by 12 ¾” frame with a large transcript of the inscription. A rare piece of General Sherman’s headquarters flag with exceptional provenance.
George Carr Round - Residence Middletown CT; Enlisted on 5/22/1861 as a Private. On 5/22/1861 he mustered into “G” Co. CT 1st Heavy Artillery. He was discharged for promotion on 3/3/1863. On 3/3/1863 he was commissioned into US Army Signal Corps. He was Mustered Out on 8/12/1865. Promotions: Corpl 4/14/1862. Private 8/5/1862 (Reduced to ranks). 2nd Lieut 3/3/1863 (As of US Army Signal Corps). Other Information: Born in Pennsylvania.
CONNECTICUT FIRST REGIMENT HEAVY ARTILLERY. (Three Years.)
THE First Connecticut Artillery, originally the Fourth Connecticut Volunteers, Infantry, was raised in the enthusiastic response to the first call (April 15, 1861) of President Lincoln for 75,000 men for three months. Its companies gathered at Hartford, expecting to be included among those accepted, but the State quota had been already more than filled. The call of May 3, 1861, for 42,000 men, required that enlistments should be for three years, and the regiment, after going into camp at Hartford, was re-organized for this period, and was mustered into the United States service by Colonel Loomis on May 22d and 23d. It is believed to have been the first three-years regiment of any State ready for field service.
The regiment was composed of men from all parts of Connecticut, but the companies were credited to towns as follows: Company A, Hartford; Company B, Ansonia and Derby;Company C, Suffield, Windsor Locks, and vicinity; Company D, New London; Company E, New Haven; Company F, New Haven; Company G, Middletown; Company H, Middletown; Company I, Wolcottville; Company K, Hartford; subsequently Company L was raised and credited to Hartford, and Company M to Bridgeport.
Siege of Yorktown, Va., April 30 to May 4, 1862.
Hanover Court House, Va., May 27, 1862.
Gaines' Mills, Va., May 31 to June 20, 1862.
Chickahominy, Va., June 25, 1862.
Golden Hill, Va., June 27, 1862.
Malvern Hill, Va., July 1, 1862.
Siege of Fredericksburg, Va., Dec. 11 to 15, 1862 (Cos. B & M).
Before Fredericksburg, Va., April 28 to May 6, 1863 (Co. M).
Before Fredericksburg, Va., June 5 to June 13, 1863 (Co. M).
Kelley's Ford, Va.(Co. M), Nov. 7, 1863.
Orange Court House, Va.(Co. B), Nov. 30, 1864.
Siege of Petersburg and Richmond, Va., May, '64, to Apr., 1865.
Fort Fisher, N. C., Jan. 14 and 15, 1865 (Cos. B, G, and L).
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Inventory Number: FLA 052