[CIVIL WAR - UNION REGIMENT CAMP FLAG] Guidon of the 108th New York Volunteers.
Silk flag of swallowtail form, the fly in three parts of red, white, and blue silk, the lettering "108 N.Y.V." painted in gold and black. 17 1/2 (hoist) x 30 (fly) inches; (44 x 76 cm); framed and with much accompanying documentation. Some losses, separations, stains and wear, the colors and lettering generally fresh and unfaded, unexamined out of frame.
Provenance: Albert Fromberger, (director of the Rochester, N.Y. Civil War Centennial Commission); acquired by the William F. Howard Collection in 1983; acquired by the current owner in 1987 from Ron R. Van Sickle Military Books, Gaithersburg, MD.
According to the provenance information and scholarship accompanying this flag, this is the war carried camp guidon (also described as the right flank guidon) for the storied 108th New York Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. Organized and mustered in August 1862 at Rochester and placed under the command of Colonel Oliver Hazard Palmer, the regiment fought in each of the major campaigns in the northern theater including the Battle of Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Cold Harbor, the Siege of Petersburg, the First and Second Battles of Deep Bottom, the Appomattox Campaign and others. At Gettysburg, the regiment is known to have reached the crest of Cemetery Ridge during Pickett's Charge and there is a monument to the regiment on that battlefield. This pennant was likely presented to the regiment before leaving Rochester thus was not issued by the Union Army. Present in the lot are two signed war-date letters from and one letter to Captain Palmer. Other flags of the regiment are known to survive. including a Guide Flag reportedly flown during the Battle of Gettysburg (sold Heritage, 21 November 2008, lot 57440, $23,000).
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