The New York State Battle Flag Collection includes one regimental color carried by the 5th Regiment NY Volunteers, or “Duryee’s Zouaves.” The blue, silk regimental color includes a painted arms of the United States with 34 gold stars in the typical two arc pattern of 21 over 13. The lower riband, with raised center section, is painted with the regiment’s identification, “FIFTH ZOUAVE REGT. N.Y.V.” The fly edge is lost most likely from use or, given the lack of a jagged edge in some areas, from scissors wielded by souvenir hunters. In 1967, a flag restorer machine-stitched the flag between two layers of nylon net. Although not a recommended treatment by today’s standards, the netting did prevent additional loss at the fly edge.
See the 5th Infantry Regiment History Page for more information about the unit.New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History