The flags are back!  Thank you to our many supporters!

The Federal flag is back - click here to read and view more!

Click here to view Conservation of the regimental flag
of the 1st Delaware Volunteers (or view the video below).

Click here to read the story in the News Journal (Sunday, February 14, 2016)


Tattered from proud service in the battles of Antietam, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg, the U.S. and regimental flags of the 1st Delaware Volunteer Infantry have been in the collections of the Delaware Historical Society since 1884. They provide a precious direct connection to the brave Delaware soldiers who fought for the Union in the Civil War. The flags required professional conservation and custom-made mounts allow them to continue to serve today through public exhibition and education.

In 2013, the Delaware Historical Society mounted a campaign to raise $30,000 to save these Delaware treasures as part of the Historical Society’s 150th anniversary celebration that took place throughout 2014. With the support of many donors, the goal was reached. The flags underwent treatment in Philadelphia and are now preserved and available for future display when the Delaware History Museum and Old Town Hall.

Thank you to the many contributors who helped make this vitally important project possible and who, like the brave soldiers who gave their lives 150 years ago, have rallied round the flags.

Click here to see a report by Charlie Paparella from Delmarva Life (Travels with Charlie)

Click here to view the recent history of the flag's conservation efforts.

For more information about the Flags Project,
please click on the History and Conservation pages at left, or view:

Historical Society to preserve flags used in Civil War,
The News Journal, February 4, 2015 (Ken Mammorella).

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