Battle Flags of Minnesota.

11th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment - National Flag

Organized in 1864, the 11th Minnesota was the last infantry regiment mustered in Minnesota as the Civil War drew to a close. It served on guard, picket, and patrol duty on the Louisville to Nashville rail line. Its mission was to protect the line from guerrilla bands so that troops and supplies for the Union army could pass unimpeded.

By the middle of the war, colors were produced by vendors and then distributed to the state or regiment that ordered it by the Quartermaster Department – the distributor of military goods and supplies for the Union armies. The layout of the 35 gold-leafed stars marks this as a flag that would have been issued by the Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot.