5th Vermont Infantry Regimental Flag

5th Vermont Infantry, Regimental Flag.jpg

Title

5th Vermont Infantry Regimental Flag

Description

5th Regiment Infantry regimental flag. Attached to staff by ties. Fringe present. There are 34 gold painted stars arranged in a large circle, 4.5 inches on center, and 46 inch diameter. "5th Regt. Vermont Vols." Place of issue: Burlington, VT. Date of issue: 02/06/1864. Once again, Quartermaster Davis had ordered a set of colors from Charles Eaton. At the Battle of the Wilderness, the brand new regimental flag went into action rolled up, but when a Confederate bullet pierced the flagstaff, it also pierced the flag in many places. Another bullet grazed the staff just below the flag. At the Battle of Cedar Creek, October 19, 1864, a piece of shell removed the spear-shaped finial from the regimental color. After less than a year of service, the regimental color was in tatters. Lieutenant Colonel John R. Lewis wrote to Vermont's new Quartermaster General, Perley Pitkin, regarding its condition. The flag was forwarded for preservation in the State Capitol.

Date

1864

Subject

Vermont--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States. Army. Vermont Infantry Regiment, 5th (1861-1865)
Flags

Creator

Manufactured by Charles Eaton

Identifier

1870.001.032

Coverage

Boston, MA

Extent

59 x 62 inches

Original Format

Flag

Repository

Vermont State Curator's Office, 2 Gov. Aiken Avenue,
Montpelier, VT 05633

Citation

Manufactured by Charles Eaton , “5th Vermont Infantry Regimental Flag,” Digital Vermont: A Project of the Vermont Historical Society, accessed December 11, 2017, http://www.digitalvermont.org/items/show/139.