This wool national color carried by the 61st Regiment features
34 reverse-applique stars in six horizontal rows (6-5-6-6-5-6).
Reportedly, Colonel Nelson Miles deposted this flag with state authorities
in early 1863. In
a letter to General John Sprague, Adjutant General, State of New York, dated
March 25, 1863, Miles revealed that the flag, "is stained with the
blood of the brave color bearer - Sergt Frank Aldrich." (2006.0002)