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A Union Soldier's Memento of the Battle of Williamsburg

Confederate Flag Fragments Inside Soldier's Letter

A letter, dated June 8, 1862, from Charles W. Baldwin of Company G, 5th New York Volunteer Infantry, includes fragments from a Confederate flag taken at Williamsburg. Baldwin was writing to a Sarah P. Baldwin—perhaps his sister or wife—in Newark, New Jersey. The Battle of Williamsburg was fought on May 5, 1862. Baldwin ends his letter by writing:

I enclose a piece of the rebel flag that was taken at Wmsburg[.] I have carried it in my pocket ever since[—]take good care of it and don't sell it or give any away.

Baldwin was killed on August 30, 1862, at the Second Battle of Manassas. 

Original Author: Charles W. Baldwin, author

Created: June 8, 1862 letter; ca. 1862 flag

Medium: Flag fragments; handwritten letter

Courtesy of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, gift of Donald Murdoch

Union Soldier Charles W. Baldwin

Charles W. Baldwin of Company G, 5th New York Volunteer Infantry, is the subject of this ambrotype portrait with gold-colored framing around the image. Baldwin enlisted in the Union army on December 12, 1861, in New York City, and was killed on August 30, 1862, at the Second Battle of Manassas. 

Original Author: Unknown

Created: ca. 1861

Medium: Ambrotype

Courtesy of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Gift of Elizabeth Murdoch.

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  • Confederate Flag Fragments Inside Soldier's Letter

    A letter, dated June 8, 1862, from Charles W. Baldwin of Company G, 5th New York Volunteer Infantry, includes fragments from a Confederate flag taken at Williamsburg. Baldwin was writing to a Sarah P. Baldwin—perhaps his sister or wife—in Newark, New Jersey. The Battle of Williamsburg was fought on May 5, 1862. Baldwin ends his letter by writing:

    I enclose a piece of the rebel flag that was taken at Wmsburg[.] I have carried it in my pocket ever since[—]take good care of it and don't sell it or give any away.

    Baldwin was killed on August 30, 1862, at the Second Battle of Manassas. 

    Original Author: Charles W. Baldwin, author

    Created: June 8, 1862 letter; ca. 1862 flag

    Medium: Flag fragments; handwritten letter

    Courtesy of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, gift of Donald Murdoch

  • Union Soldier Charles W. Baldwin

    Charles W. Baldwin of Company G, 5th New York Volunteer Infantry, is the subject of this ambrotype portrait with gold-colored framing around the image. Baldwin enlisted in the Union army on December 12, 1861, in New York City, and was killed on August 30, 1862, at the Second Battle of Manassas. 

    Original Author: Unknown

    Created: ca. 1861

    Medium: Ambrotype

    Courtesy of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Gift of Elizabeth Murdoch.