The NYS Battle Flag Collection includes two
silk, swallowtail guidons carried by the 179th Regiment New York Volunteer
Infantry. Each guidon, manufactured by Evans and Hassall of Philadelphia,
conforms to the “stars
and stripes” pattern
prescribed in General Order No. 4, dated January 18, 1862. Also, each
guidon includes the regiment's designation painted on the lower stripes.
painted stars in the typical, concentric circles pattern, appear in each
Most likely each flag included 35 stars. The
guidons do have losses, most notably along the fly and canton.
State Parks textile conservators discovered two pieces of black, silk
crepe during treatment of the flag on the left.