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What do we know about the condition of New York’s Battle Flags?

101st Signal Battalion’s flag111th NY Volunteer Guidon, Civil War
Cotton and wool flags (such as the 101st Signal Battalion’s flag, above left) are in better condition than silk flags (such as the 111th Regiment’s flag, above right). Light damages silk at a much faster rate than cotton or wool. Silk fabric is finer and more susceptible to damage when used as a flag.

New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History
Last modified: March 6, 2006
URL: http://www.dmna.state.ny.us/historic/btlflags/conservation/conservationKnowContrast.htm

 
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