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.
The exhibition includes the following flags:
26th United States Colored Troops – regimental color
New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History
Last modified: June 16, 2014