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4th U.S. Infantry

[National Color of the 4th U.S. Infantry 1861-62] by Tom Gregg, 10 January 1999

The National Color of the 4th U.S. Infantry circa 1861-62, based on a description and illustration in a book on Civil War uniforms. As a regiment of the Regular Army, the 4th U.S. Infantry's colors conformed to War Department regulations (which were routinely ignored by State volunteer units). The canton contains 33, not 34 stars because existing colors were used until they became unserviceable even if the number of stars did not reflect the current state of the Union. The regimental designation appears in blue on the red stripe at the bottom of the canton.

This design provided the basis for the many and varied National Colors carried by Federal infantry regiments during the Civil War. The most frequent variations from standard were gold stars, six or seven-pointed stars, the U.S. Coat of Arms in the canton with the stars, gold rather than dark blue unit designation inscriptions.

Tom Gregg, 10 January 1999

2nd Tennessee Infantry

[Regimental Flag of the 2nd Tennessee Infantry] by Dov Gutterman, 23 July 1999

144th Regiment, New York Volunteers

[Flag of the 144th Regiment, New York Volunteers] by Dov Gutterman, 23 July 1999

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