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Object Name Flag
Catalog Number 1976.110.37a
Maker Wilkins, Hugh
Date 1861
Material(s) Silk
Dimensions H-20 W-21 inches
Description This is what remains of the regimental flag of the 8th Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry (USA). There are several large fragments with an eagle design in the center. Part of the wings, one star and the two talons are visible. One talon is holding an olive branch; the other arrows. There is a makers mark in the lower left (as you look at it). There is a part of the ribbon with "E PLURIBUS" on it. There is a ribbon with the unit designation.
Notes 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 A big reason for this is how they were originally made.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
People Wilkins, Hugh
Subjects Flags
Military flags
Civil wars
Search Terms American Civil War
Civil War
Civil War flags
Civil Wars
Flag remnants
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS