Vermont Civil War Flag Collection


Vermont Civil War Flags

This digital collection contains images of flags that were carried by Vermont units during the Civil War. Sixty-eight flags were originally on display at the State House from the close of the war in 1865 until 2003. After hanging for five years from the galleries of the House and Senate chambers, with a few on display in the Governor’s Office, two glass cases were built in the House Vestibule in 1870 to show them to the public. Most were wrapped around their staffs with metal tags identifying the regiment, and they remained on display for over a century. In 1979 the west case was emptied, and those 34 regimental and national flags were conserved throughout the 1980’s. In 2003 the east case was emptied, and those flags have now been fully conserved as well. The entire collection is now stored in the Vermont History Center in Barre, in the custody and care of the Vermont State Curator’s Office.


  • Vermont State Curator's Office, 2 Gov. Aiken Avenue,
    Montpelier, VT 05633; 802 828-0749; Email:

Collection Tree

  • Vermont Civil War Flag Collection

1st Vermont Infantry Regimental Flag
First Vermont Infantry regimental flag made of white silk with the state coat of arms painted on the obverse. Place of issue: Rutland, Vt. Date of issue: 05/08/1861.

1st Vermont Infantry Regiment National Flag
1st Vermont Infantry Regiment national flag. Silk with red and white stripes, and with blue canton. Painted gold stars, gold colored eagle painted in blue canton. Place issued: Rutland, Vt. Date issued: 06/08/1861.

1st Vermont Cavalry Regimental Flag
1st Vermont Cavalry regimental flag. The new Vermont Quartermaster General, Perley Pitkin, corresponded with Charles Eaton about new flags for the cavalry. On January 29, 1865 Eaton forwarded the two colors to General Pitkin. On the flags arrival in…