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Culminating Colors
New York State Capitol
June 2014 - May 2015

This exhibition honors the sacrifices made by New Yorkers in 1864 and 1865, the final years of the Civil War, by showcasing several flags heroically carried on the battlefield by New York regiments and one flag mournfully flown by a loyal central New York family during the war’s climatic conclusion. The battle flags inspired the soldiers, including new African-American volunteers, to prove their mettle and to continue their allegiance to the Union and the abolition of slavery. Culminating Colors recognizes the courageous and diverse soldiers from the Empire State who rallied around their flags and reveals the sentiments of the men and women responsible for creating the beloved banners.          

Guided tours of the exhibit are now available. Learn more here.

 

Southeast view of the gallery
Northwest view of the gallery

The exhibition includes the following flags:

26th United States Colored Troops – regimental color
165th New York Volunteers – national color
34th Independent Battery – guidon
124th New York Volunteers – national color 
123rd New York Volunteers – national color
8th Cavalry, New York Volunteers – standard
106th New York Volunteers – regimental color
Peck flag – national


 

New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History
Last modified: June 16, 2014
URL: http://www.dmna.state.ny.us/historic/btlflags/exhibits/1864CulminatingColors.htm
 
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