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

Identifier: MSS-3719

Scope and Contents

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.


  • between 1861 and 1865

Biographical / Historical

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)


4 Linear Feet (battle flag carried in Lumsden's Battery during the Civil War)

Language of Materials



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


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.

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Martha Bace, 2013


Guide to the Lumsden's Battery Battle Flag, Alabama Light Artillery, Confederate States Army
September 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266