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Company I, 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry - National Flag

In May 1861 the ladies from Lake City and Wabasha, Minnesota purchased this flag and presented it to Company I of the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Regiment. Instead of having stars in the canton of this flag, a Federal eagle is displayed with the words "May God Protect the Right" on the ribbon held in the eagle's beak. This design is unique from other national flags carried by Minnesota regiments in the Civil War.

After the original national flag used by the regiment was sent back to St. Paul due to battle damage at First Bull Run, this company flag probably served as the regiment's color until it, too, was retired for display in the state capitol on November 30, 1861.

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