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Object ID 1884.001.002
Object Name Flag
Collection Flags
Credit line Gift of the Association of the Survivors of the First Delaware Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Year Range from 1862
Year Range to 1864
Description State colors of the First Delaware Regiment used during the Civil War. The flag has a dark blue field with a painted state seal at the center and gold silk fringe border. The words "Liberty and Independence" are painted in a banner format above the painted seal. The blue and white tassels also survive.

Dimensions H-59 L-68 inches
Owned First Delaware Regiment
Used Battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, & Gettysburg
Provenance This flag and another federal star and stripes (1884.001.001) were delivered to the First Delaware Regiment in August 1862, just before the Battle of Antietam (September 17, 1862) at which it fought. It was during this battle that Second Lieutenant Charles B. Tanner (1842-1911) of Company H saved the flags from being captured by Confederate forces. According to research by Paul Preston Davis (2012), this flag and its companion were also present at the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg before returning to Wilmington with the regiment in 1864. The flags were then transfered to the care of a veteran's group, the Association of the Survivors of the First Delaware Volunteer Infantry Regiment, who gave them to the Delaware Historical Society on January 29, 1884.
Subjects Flags
Search Terms Civil War
First Delaware Regiment
Material Silk with painted design
Place of Origin Probably Philadelphia
Event Civil War