Marshall House flag badge given to Frank Brownell

Marshall House flag badge given to Frank Brownell

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Gold metal badge given to Francis E. Brownell by Colonel Charles H. Strong, made with fragments of the Confederate flag flown over the Marshall House in Alexandria, Virginia. On May 24, 1861, Brownell, then a private in the 11th New York Volunteers, killed Marshall House proprietor James Jackson after Jackson shot Brownell's commanding officer, Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, when Ellsworth removed the Confederate flag flying over the hotel. The medal features a gilt eagle on a blue enamel shield, fastened to a gold star attached to a red cloth ribbon topped with a small gold frame. In the frame, behind a small pane of glass, is a fragment of the Marshall House flag.
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Object Name
date made
post 1861
Associated Date
May 24, 1861
associated person
Brownell, Frank E.
Ellsworth, Elmer E.
Associated Place
United States: Virginia, Alexandria
Physical Description
cloth (ribbon material)
enamel (pendant material)
metal, gilt (pendant material)
overall, bag: 4 1/2 in x 4 in x 1/2 in; 11.43 cm x 10.16 cm x 1.27 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Frank E. Brownell
Civil War
Civil War memorialization
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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