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[Ceremonial Artifact]

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Accession Number: 1905.17.30

Physical Description: .a) Large blue silk “8th Kansas Volunteer Infantry” battle flag housed in an aluminum frame with acrylic glazing. Blue silk regimental banner with gold fringe along three edges. American eagle with Federal shield at center. Eagle is holding arrows in right talon and an olive branch in left talon. Two rows of stars above eagle, 21 in top row, 13 in lower row. Red banner depicted below eagle. Sleeve at left edge. Flag is mounted in a large aluminum conservation frame with aluminum grading on back. .b) Long oak flagstaff that tapers at both ends. Threaded metal point protruding from bottom. Carved tip. White paper label adhered near base. Dark blue paper label adhered near center white paper fragments adhered near center. .c) Long braided blue and white cord with tassels at both ends. Large braided knots wrapped in corded netting at ends. Thick blue and white fringe suspended from knots.

History of Object: Marks on this flag indicate it belonged to Eighth Kansas Volunteer Regiment, which was recruited in 1862 and mustered out in 1866. According to the Fifteenth Biennial Report from 1905, this flag was part of the collection of Civil War and Spanish-American War flags given to KSHS by the Adjutant General of Kansas. Flag was originally attached to flagstaff (1905.17.30b) with tassels (1905.17.30c).

Date: Between 1862 and 1866

Dimensions (in cm): 213.00 (H) 223.00 (W) 9.00 (D) a) flag; b) staff; c) tassel;

Marks/Inscriptions: [a-ribbon below eagle] EIGHTH KANSAS VOLS. / [ribbon held in eagle's beak] E PLURIBUS UNUM / [battle honors, two on each side, on the bottom] PERRYVILLE / HOOVERS GAP / LANCASTER / CHICAMAUGA / MISSION RIDGE .b) [written in ink near bottom] 8th Ks / [Printed on white label] EIGHTH / K.V.I. / [printed on blue label] 8th Infantry ||

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Associations and Subjects

    Business / Organization: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
    Business / Organization: United States. Army. Infantry
    Event: Chickamauga, Battle of, Ga., 1863
    Business / Organization: Military
    Event: Civil War, 1861-1865
    Business / Organization: United States. Army. Kansas Infantry Regiment, 8th (1861-1866)
    Event: Perryville, Battle of, Perryville, Ky., 1862
    Event: Chattanooga, Battle of, Chattanooga, Tenn., 1863
    Event: Missionary Ridge, Battle of, Tenn., 1863
    Use, Place of: Lancaster (Ky.)
    Event: Battle of Hoovers Gap, Ga., 1864
    Business / Organization: 8th Kansas Infantry
    Business / Organization: Eighth Kansas Infantry

Status: Cataloged

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