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55th Regiment, NY Volunteer InfantryFrench National (variation)78” fly x 79” hoistCivil War

55th Regiment, NY Volunteer Infantry

Colonel Baron Philipe deTrobriand organized an infantry regiment in New York during the summer of 1861 with recruits drawn primarily from the 55th State Militia Regiment, a predominatly French unit nicknamed the “Lafayette Guard.” Regiment supporters presented this French tricolor with embroidered “GARDES N.Y.,” “55” within a circular wreath, and “LAFAYETTE S.M.” (from l to rt) to the regiment on January 8, 1862 at Camp Tenallytown with President and Mrs. Lincoln in attendance.(98.158)

See the 55th Infantry Regiment History Page for more information about the unit.

New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History
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