3rd Vermont Sharpshooters National Flag

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Title

3rd Vermont Sharpshooters National Flag

Description

3rd Vermont Sharpshooters national flag with red and white stripes. Stars in elliptical pattern.
Why the State of Vermont possesses a national flag that belonged to the Sharpshooters remains a mystery. One plausible story is that the final commander of the regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Homer Stoughton was from Vermont. Upon the expiration of his enlistment in January, 1865, Stoughton might have brought the color home with him. The flag is designated 3rd Vermont Sharpshooters, which was the other title given to Company H. 2nd U.S.S.S., for it was the third such company raised in the state. However, it was an unusual practice for companies to carry their individual national color.

Subject

United States. Army. Sharpshooters Regiment, 2nd (1861-1865). Company H.
Vermont--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Flags

Identifier

1870.002.025

Extent

71 x 60 inches

Original Format

Flag

Repository

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

Citation

“3rd Vermont Sharpshooters National Flag,” Digital Vermont: A Project of the Vermont Historical Society, accessed March 23, 2017, http://www.digitalvermont.org/items/show/99.