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Alan M07 May 2017 2:46 a.m. PST

What flags would US Militia regiments have carried during the war of 1812? Good example 5th Maryland.

Camcleod07 May 2017 7:49 a.m. PST

From a Blog on the War of 1812:



And Chartrand's 'A Most Warlike Appearance' has a drawing of a flag of the Jefferson Blues, a co. of the 27th Maryland Militia:
blue with the designs in gold – a large eagle with shield on it's breast, above is a scroll 'NON SIBI SED PATRIA', below a scroll 'JEFFERSON BLUES' – from Lossing.

He also says 'an astounding variety' .. ' all sorts of flags could be carried by state troops'

Alan M07 May 2017 8:05 a.m. PST

excellent. Thanks.

Camcleod07 May 2017 8:17 a.m. PST

Dug a bit further – there is a drawing of the Jefferson Blues flag in Lossing's 'The pictorial field-book of the War of 1812', p.954


FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP07 May 2017 9:45 a.m. PST

That Lossing's book is great!

attilathepun47 Inactive Member07 May 2017 12:07 p.m. PST

The ultimate source for most modern illustrations of Maryland militia uniforms and flags is a large eye-witness painting (by an artist named Ruckle, if memory serves) of the militia assembling for the defense of Baltimore; it is in the collection of the Maryland historical society. One of the Knoetels (German uniform illustrators), the younger I think, studied the painting in the 20th century and made a series of individual uniform illustrations which have been reproduced widely, including in a set of postcards. The names of individual units are not indicated in the original painting, so only some can be identified by deduction.

Details of U.S. militia uniform and flags were controlled at state or territorial level during the War of 1812, and such regulations as existed were often not rigorously enforced, so the question of militia flags for wargame units is wide open in most cases.

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