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Unknown Flag of Gettysburg

Emerging Civil War

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Jim Taub

On July 1st, 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg began. As the forces of both armies converged on the sleepy Pennsylvania town that Wednesday morning, each regiment carried with them a symbol of what they were fighting for. In the style of the British Army, Union Infantry regiments carried two flags, or colors. One was the national, or stars and stripes, and the other was the regimental, usually the flag of the state from which the regiment was raised and mentioning the number and type of the unit. Confederates infantry regiments, on the other hand, generally only carried one flag into battle. While each Confederate army, and sometimes even corps, had its own design for regimental colors, the most famous that sticks with us today is the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia. The flag had…

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