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Object ID 1884.001.001
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
Made William G. Mintzer
Description Federal colors of the First Delaware Regiment used during the Civil War. The flag is silk and has 31 (should be 35 to be accurate) gold stars on a blue canton and the remains of 13 very faded red & white stripes. Some of the original, very discolored red, white and blue silk fringe remains at the outer edge but most is now gone. The bottom of canton is marked "Mintzer, maker, Philadelphia." The oak staff with brass tips also survives and has a black-painted banner inscription with a gold border and text that wraps around the staff. Most of the painted text is worn away and only partially legible: "Presented to [?] [la]dies of Wilm[ington] [?] ...Nati...(n?)...[?]." "JM Dunn" and "1 Re" (for First Regiment) are also carved into the staff. There is also an old adhesive paper label with typed text: "First / Delaware Regiment / John M. Dunn, Bearer."
Dimensions W-50 L-80 inches
Dimension Details flag dimensions; staff is 109 1/2" (9 feet ,1 1/2 inches) long.
Owned First Delaware Regiment
Used Battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, & Gettysburg
Provenance This flag and another with the state seal (1884.001.002) 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
John M. Dunn
Material Silk
Place of Origin Philadelphia, PA
Event Civil War