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73rd Regiment, NY Volunteer InfantryNational Color77” hoist x 80 1/4” fly, Civil War

73rd New York Volunteers National Color

This flag carried by the 73rd New York Volunteers, or “Fourth Excelsior,” includes 34 gold-painted stars in a pattern typically found on national colors from the Schuylkill Arsenal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Organized July-October 1861 in New York City’s Bowery neighborhood, the regiment included recruits from among the city’s volunteer firemen to earn the moniker, “Second Fire Zouaves,” in deference to Colonel Elmer Ellsworth’s original “Fire Zouaves” regiment formed in April 1861. Mustered out on June 29, 1865, the regiment deposited this flag with state authorities in August 1865. (2008.0189)

See the 73rd Infantry Regiment History Pagefor more information about the unit.

New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History
Last modified: Friday, 05-Aug-2016 15:55:41 EDT