|Dimensions||H-62 W-70 inches|
|Description||This is the National Color, for the 19th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry. It has 33 visible silver stars with red trim on the blue canton. There is black ink writing on third white stripe, this may have been inked on after the flag was given to the 19th. It has alternating originally red and white stripes. There is a gold fringe. There is a separate bag with remnants of the flag as well.|
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 A big reason for this is how they were originally made.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|
Civil War flags
|Physical Holder||Kentucky Historical Society - KHS|