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Battle Phlox24 May 2018 10:41 a.m. PST

This may seem like an odd question but something that has been on my mind. Some regiments have the battles they engaged in on their standards. First were those battle honors sewn on or painted on? Second what color was typically used, gold or white or other?

Thank you for your replies.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2018 10:51 a.m. PST

"First were those battle honors sewn on or painted on?"


"Second what color was typically used, gold or white or other?"

Whatever they had.

There were no national rules. Some local commands attempted to regulate flags with mixed results.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2018 1:16 p.m. PST

Many flags were replaced by new one sew by woman in their recruiting areas. They add the battle Honour to the new flags.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2018 3:01 p.m. PST

The only reference I've found is for a brigade of
NC infantry which can be found at this URL:


Note that the reference clearly states that the colors
were received with the honors already painted on, so
in this/these cases painting was the method, however
original colors which I've seen had the
honors inscribed on a ribbon or ribbons which was/were
sewn to the field of the color so both methods were

RudyNelson24 May 2018 3:45 p.m. PST

I have seen several examples of Hardee flags with the names of battles both inside the white circle and around the outside of it. These were battles fought not 'special action honors' flags.

Many confederate units had First national flags which were made at home when they first mustered. these were used as camp locator flags in bivouac areas. They often remained with the company elected commander or Colonel who had sponsored the unit. I have seen a few with honors painted on them as well.

Rallynow comments are good.

Battle Phlox24 May 2018 8:10 p.m. PST

That was helpful. Thank you for your replies.

rmaker25 May 2018 10:44 a.m. PST

The Minnesota regimental colors preserved at the State Capitol have battle honors painted on.

Normal Guy25 May 2018 1:59 p.m. PST

For many years, the state of Illinois had the battleflags of Illinois units on display in the Hall of Flags. At the time, I think they had all but the flags for the 21st Illinois displayed. Point is, some of the artwork on those flags was stunning. Those men were proud of where they served and they wanted others to know it.

AICUSV22 Jun 2018 9:54 a.m. PST

PA colors some have the honors painted on and some of the regiments had streamers. The streamers being red, white, or blue with the honor painted on.

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