|Dimensions||H-74 W-75 inches|
|Description||This is the national flag of the 34th Kentucky. The field is thirteen alternating red & white stripes with the inscription in gold lettering. The canton is green (possibly faded from blue) with an unknown number of five-pointed stars. On the fourth red stripe is the regimental name and the fifth red stripe also has lettering.|
Some of our Civil War era flags are in terrible shape. A big reason for this is how they were originally made. Harsh dyes used to color fabrics (especially silk) resulted in the material breaking apart and shattering. Painted areas typically remain more intact but paint does not allow free movement of the fabric and thus contributes to the fracturing of adjacent areas.
Ironically wool and cotton flags, which were less expensive to produce, are far more stable than silk flags. These flags in our collection remain largely intact and in far better condition than their silk counterparts.
Many of the Civil War era flags in our collection cannot be physically displayed without causing further damage. KHS stores flags flat in a stable environment. Our goal is to slow the deterioration as much as possible.
|Collection||KHS Museum Collection|
|Event||American Civil War|
|Physical Holder||Kentucky Historical Society - KHS|