Regimental Flags of the Civil War

Regimental Flags of the Civil War

Remember the game Capture the Flag? Long ago on the field of battle, who controlled the flag meant the difference between life and death. On this episode of Speaking of Delaware…, we talk about the regimental flags donated to the Delaware Historical Society by veterans of the First Delaware Infantry Regiment. During the Civil War, regimental flags were used to communicate across long distances before radio communication. Visit the Delaware Historical Society to see the flag of the First Delaware Regiment and see Conservation and Preservation to learn more!

“Regimental Flags of the Civil War” is part of Speaking of Delaware…,a series of short videos presented by the Delaware Historical Society and produced by Short Order Production House. This series is funded in part by the Longwood Foundation, Delmarva Power, an Exelon Company, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and by a grant from Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Primary Sources

North Vs. South in Delaware

Primary Source Set

Letters from the Civil War:
Richard Henry Webb

Additional Resources


Playlist: Speaking of Delaware…

Regimental Flags of the Civil War

Conserving History: The 1st Delaware Volunteers Regimental Flag


Drone View of Old Town Hall, the Arch, and the Delaware History Museum

Plan Your Visit

State Flag of the First Delaware Regiment

Federal Flag of the First Delaware Regiment


Conservation and Preservation

Civil War Flag Conservation

Civil War Flag Conservation, pt.2