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New to this forum and this thread. Scrolled though it and didn't see this one:flag08.jpg

6th Florida Infantry Regiment. My maternal great,great,great grandfather in my mom's branch of the family served in that regiment. Last Friday,I ordered a copy of his military record from The National Archives.
 
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Reportedly the 1st flag captured by the Army of the Potomac in the Overland Campaign. 2nd national flag of the 13th NC. Infantry. Captured May 6, 1864, Battle of the Wilderness. Captured by the 141st PA Infantry. The flag-bearer, Grief Mason of Co.B was killed trying to save it. My 2 x great-grandfather, a 39 year-old conscript, father of six, was in company I. He "saw the elephant" in this battle. In this thread in the past, I've posted a photo of the 13th NC. flag surrendered at Appomattox.

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Looking for the flag of the 18th Texas Infantry Regiment. Any help would be appreciated.
 

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Reportedly the 1st flag captured by the Army of the Potomac in the Overland Campaign. 2nd national flag of the 13th NC. Infantry. Captured May 6, 1864, Battle of the Wilderness. Captured by the 141st PA Infantry. The flag-bearer, Grief Mason of Co.B was killed trying to save it. My 2 x great-grandfather, a 39 year-old conscript, father of six, was in company I. He "saw the elephant" in this battle. In this thread in the past, I've posted a photo of the 13th NC. flag surrendered at Appomattox.

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The 13 NC 2nd Nat flag also has the characteristics of being a Richmond Depot made and issued flag.... nice..
 

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Looking for the flag of the 18th Texas Infantry Regiment. Any help would be appreciated.
As far as I'm concerned, there aren't any known surviving flags from Walker's Texas Division, at least known to have belonged to a specific regiment of the division (Edit: I forgot that there is the 16th Texas Infantry's flag.) The closest thing you could get is this "Richard Taylor battle flag" below, which is believed to have belonged to a Texas regiment, possibly in Walker's Division. If so, this would have been late war, maybe what the 18th would've been carrying in the Red River Campaign. Earlier in the war they might have used a 1st National, but I'm not certain.

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Thanks for the reply. I've seen that one. Pretty frustrating hitting deadends on that research. My guess is that it didn't survive the war or ended up in a private,undisclosed collection.
 
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I've looked through everything I can find and cannot see any existing flag for the 18th Texas Infantry. I'd love to see one.
 

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Also looking for the flag of the 10th Field Battery,Texas Light Artillery aka Pratt's Texas Battery.
 

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I've looked through everything I can find and cannot see any existing flag for the 18th Texas Infantry. I'd love to see one.
Thank you for taking the time to look.
 

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I thought I had responded to this thread months ago, but I realize I haven't. I think this is a wonderful thread. As a career graphic designer, I think it's fascinating to study the various designs of these flags. There is so much going on in these photos. I study the way the fabric has been lost on some flags and I ponder the cause. In so many cases, it comes down to individual threads in the weave just rotting or oxidizing away.

I also like to observe the way the flags were constructed. Lots of applied borders and such. Some flags much more elegantly made and other much more utilitarian. None of that matters to me. None of that makes one better than another. They are all wonderful relics.

Thank you, to all contributors, for this EXCELLENT thread.
 

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I didn't see the Missouri Battle Flag so here is a replica of it. My paternal 3d ggrandfather and two of his cousins fought under it. It is CSA. Beneath it is the flag my 2ggrand uncle served under with the 6th Regiment Missouri State Volunteers (USA). It is really more a guidon, but it deserves it's place here as a battle flag.

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I didn't see who posted it, but I like the Bonnie Blue posted earlier.
Two very beautiful examples, in my opinion. The top flag is commonly referred to as "General Price's Flag" and I believe was used by his Missouri State Guard forces. I've always thought it was a very beautiful, clean graphic design.
 

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Two very beautiful examples, in my opinion. The top flag is commonly referred to as "General Price's Flag" and I believe was used by his Missouri State Guard forces. I've always thought it was a very beautiful, clean graphic design.
It's also referred to as "Belle Edmondson's Latin Cross", as it was was designed by Ms. Bell Edmondson and the first flag she sewed was presented to Gen. Price.

There's some further info on it in this book:
https://books.google.com/books?id=E...ce=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false

There is says that the flag was presented to Price in late summer of 1862, so that would've been when Price was in the Army of the West in Mississippi. The 1st Missouri Brigade later received a batch some time prior to the Vicksburg Campaign. Mosby Parsons' Missouri Brigade in the Trans-Miss also used them. According to the book, Parsons' Brigade received a batch in the spring of 1863.

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Here's one surviving example that belonged to Elijah Gates' 1st Missouri Cavalry (dismounted). This one was captured at Big Black River Bridge.
 

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Its also referred to as "Belle Edmonson's Latin Cross", as it was was designed by Ms. Bell Edmonson and the first flag she sewed was presented to Gen. Price.

There's some further info on it in this book: https://books.google.com/books?id=E...ce=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false

There is says that the flag was presented to Price in the late summer of 1862, so that would've been when Price was in the Army of the West in Mississippi. The 1st Missouri Brigade later received a batch some time prior to the Vicksburg Campaign. Mosby Parson's Missouri Brigade in the Trans-Miss also used them. According to the book, Parson's Brigade received a batch in the spring of 1863.

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Here's one surviving example that belonged to Elijah Gates' 1st Missouri Cavalry (dismounted). This one was captured at Big Black River Bridge.
This is excellent information! Most of it is new to me. Thanks for posting this and bringing it to my attention!
 
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With regard to the Belle Edmonson Latin Cross flag (mentioned just above), I have been previously misinformed about its origin. I've been reading about it this evening. Thanks once again for providing the information.
 

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You can find a ton of flags here, if you are looking for one this is good place to look.
http://www.moc.org/sites/default/files/flag_table_for_website_0.pdf

Got it working: From the database opening screen, click 'Advanced Search' then type 'flag' in the 'Object name/Other Name' field. You can type additional search criteria in the 'Regiment' field; however, it searches all of the text, not just the flag information.

I'm looking for (25th Louisiana). I assume that since it is on a t-shirt created by the 'Confederate Memorial Hall' (thumb below), there is an image of an actual flag available somewhere - anyone know? The 25th La Infantry is particularly interesting to me because it's the only regiment that I had ancestors from both my mother's and father's side.

Here are battle flags I've been able to find for some of my ancestors:

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16th Mississippi Infantry (from the American Civil War Museum): two 1C4R

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33rd Mississippi Infantry: GGG Grandfather

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1st Louisiana Heavy Artillery: GG Granduncle

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2nd Louisiana Cavalry: GGG Granduncle, GGG Grandfather

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I'm looking for (25th Louisiana). I assume that since it is on a t-shirt created by the 'Confederate Memorial Hall' (thumb below), there is an image of an actual flag available somewhere - anyone know? The 25th La Infantry is particularly interesting to me because it's the only regiment that I had ancestors from both my mother's and father's side.

The Confederate Memorial Hall in New Orleans has 140 flags in their collection and most of them are not posted on the Internet. I suggest you contact them to see if they have the 25th Louisiana flag in their collection.

The Confederate Memorial Hall has a wonderful collection which is worth a visit.
 

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The Confederate Memorial Hall in New Orleans has 140 flags in their collection and most of them are not posted on the Internet. I suggest you contact them to see if they have the 25th Louisiana flag in their collection.

The Confederate Memorial Hall has a wonderful collection which is worth a visit.
I ordered one of their t-shirts and also emailed asking about an image of the 25th's flag. No response either confirming my purchase, or to my email question. I'm wondering if their 'contact' email is manned.

Edited to add: they gave me a refund today, but no response to my question about the flag. I'm guessing Stuart Salling's book will have an image of it.
 
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Not a battle flag but interesting nonetheless. Picture/paragraph at the bottom. Courtesy of PiedmontFlag Co link to Hospital flag history. Cool Hospital Train flag as recognized by the late Howard Madaus. I'd love to get a hold of a copy of his book on the Battle flags of the AoT....

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