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The original 64th Illinois National Flag

Summary:
This 34 star flag carries no inscriptions. The rectangular canton with seven horizontal rows of stars is typical of flags manufactured by Longley & Brother of Cincinnati. See "Details" regarding missing flag:

There are currently two flags identified with the Sixty-fourth Infantry in the collection of the State of Illinois. However, the original inventory also lists a flag inscribed as follows: “Presented by the Governor Richard Yates. New Madrid, Island 10, Siege of Corinth, Chambers’ Creek, May 3, 1862; Tuscumbia Creek, Iuka, Sept 19; Corinth, Glendale, Dallas, Nickajack, Snake Creek Gap, Resaca, Big Shanty, Kennesaw Mountain, Siege of Atlanta, July 21, 22, 28; Jonesboro, Savannah.” This flag is no longer in the collection.

 

The original 64th Illinois Regimental Flag

Summary:
Unfortunately the central portion of this 34 star regimental flag is missing. However the inscription remains and reads “PRESENTED by the GOVERNOR, RICHARD YATES 1st Battalion, Yates Sharp Shooters. ILL. VOL.

Flag images courtesy of the Adjutant General of Illinois; accompanying text courtesy of John Schmale.

 

 

Two images of a privately purchased Henry Repeating Rifle carried by Corporal Nicholas Ham of Company F. Images courtesy of Michael Cunningham, Ph.D

 

Three images of a cartridge box and musket carried by Private Henry H. Dow of Company D. Images courtesy of Michael Cunningham, Ph.D

Do you have an image or artifact from the original 64th Illinois Volunteer Infantry that you would be willing to share with others?  If so, e-mail the webmaster and we would be honored to put it on our site. We would of course give you credit for your role in helping to preserve the memory of those men who fought with the 64th Illinois Volunteer Infantry during the American Civil War.


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