Rodgers's Battle Flag

This flag flew on ships commanded by Admiral John Rodgers during the Civil War and the Korean Conflict of 1871. The banner first saw action in 1861 when then-Captain Rodgers's ship came under cannon fire from Confederate troops. For his bravery, Rodgers was promoted to rear admiral and presented with the flag. In 1871, he was put in charge of the Asiatic Fleet, which fought several battles in Korea. After the signing of the Korean treaty, Rodgers presented the flag to a lieutenant who had risked his life rescuing it during the storming of a fort on the Seoul River.