Regiments in the Civil War usually carried two flags: a national flag (the Stars & Bars in the case of the Confederates) and a regimental flag. These flags, called “colors”, were precious to the regiments and many a man died for the honor of carrying the colors in battle. It was a great disgrace for a regiment to lose its colors in battle, and a great honor to capture them from an opponent, and many a man died attempting to seize the opponents’ colors.
Here are a few battle flags collected off the Web. These all happen to be Confederate flags, but any photos of Federal battle flags you know of and like see added to this collection, would be greatly appreciated. The more history you have of the flag, the better. And the more battle history the flag has, the better.