In May 1861, the “ladies of Rochester” presented this custom-made
regimental color to the 13th New York Volunteer Infantry. The flag features
a stylized, painted version of the Arms of the State of New York with "ROCHESTER
REGIMENT" painted above. Carried for two years and deposited with state
authorities by Colonel Elisha Marshall, the flag includes three fabric layers.
The outer layers are each made from a single piece of blue silk. Two pieces
of plain cotton, seamed vertically, form the inner lining. Yellow painted bands
line the flag’s top and bottom. Three separate pieces of metallic bullion
fringe trim the top, fly, and bottom edges. In 1961, a flag restorer disassembled
the flag and sandwiched each outer silk layer between blue, nylon net. The
center cotton lining and staff sleeve, most likely original, are between the
two layers of “netted” silk.
The restorer then attached all the layers around the outside edges. (2005.0008)