4th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment - National Flag
This national color made by Horstmann Brothers, a Philadelphia military goods supplier, bears the designation of the “4th Regt. M.V.” (Minnesota Volunteers) and may have been presented to the regiment in April 1862.
The Fourth was formed in the fall of 1861. Following brief frontier duty in Minnesota, the regiment was engaged in the strategically important Mississippi battles of Iuka (September 1862), Corinth (October 1862), and Vicksburg (July 1863). It later participated in the Battle of Chattanooga (November 1863), Sherman’s “March to the Sea,” and the drive northward into the Carolinas (November 1864 – March 1865).