Organized at New York City and recruited
from throughout the state, the 12th Cavalry served primarily in North
Carolina and mustered out at Raleigh on July 19, 1865. This silk flag,
pieced together with red and white stripes and one blue piece for the
canton includes only 27 embroidered stars from either a 34 or 35 star
pattern. The regiment’s official designation, “12th N.Y.
Cavalry” is embroidered on the 4th red stripe while the regiment’s
nickname, “3rd Ira Harris Guard,” is embroidered just below.
In 1962, this flag was sewn between two layers of nylon netting, matching
the colors of the flag with different colors of net. The lighter areas
of netting show areas of loss in the original flag. (2003.0113)