9th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment - National Flag
Organized in late summer 1862, the Ninth fought in the U.S.-Dakota War in Minnesota and Dakota Territory and was stationed at frontier posts in southern Minnesota. Reassigned to the South in 1863, the Ninth was the last to leave the field at the Battle of Guntown (Brice’s Crossroads) in June 1864, where three members of its color guard were shot down and the North was soundly defeated. The regiment formed the rear guard for the fleeing Union army, losing much of its equipment and men as prisoners of war. Over eighty members of the Ninth died in the infamous Andersonville Prison. The regiment saw action at Tupelo (July 1864) where it’s former colonel and then brigade commander, Alexander Wilkin, was killed. He was the highest ranking officer from Minnesota to die in battle during the war. A statue honoring him was placed on the second floor of the Capitol rotunda in 1910.
At Nashville (December 1864) they, along with the Fifth, Seventh and Tenth Minnesota Infantry regiments, played a pivotal role during the attack of Shy’s Hill that defeated the Confederate army. The regiment ended its military service participating in the New Orleans-Mobile-Montgomery Expedition (February – April 1865).
The canton of the flag is decorated with 35 gold leaf stars. There were originally five rows with seven stars in each row.