The NYS Battle Flag Collection includes
seven guidons carried by the 12th Cavalry. Each silk swallowtail guidon
conforms to the “stars and stripes” pattern prescribed
in General Order No. 4, dated January 18, 1862. Two flags, 2004.21
and 2004.28, were sewn between 2 layers of nylon netting, in 1974 and
1975 respectively, matching the colors of the flag with different colors
of net. The lighter areas of netting show areas of loss in the original
flag. The other five flags show considerable wear and losses.