10th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment - National Flag
Organized late in the summer of 1862, the 10th Minnesota had a career that included service in the U.S. -Dakota Wars before going south to join other Minnesota regiments in the battles of Tupelo (July 1864), Nashville (December 1864), and in the New Orleans-Mobile-Montgomery Expedition (February – April 1865).
During the first day of the Battle of Nashville (December 15, 1864) the regiment charged the enemy’s earthworks on a high hill and “after a severe struggle had the honor of first planting its colors upon his works and capturing two cannons and many prisoners”.
The 35 gold-leafed stars of this flag show that it was used during or after 1863 (West Virginia became a state that year). The pattern of the stars marks this flag as being purchased by the state from the Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot, a distributor of military goods and supplies, including flags.