6th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment - National Flag
This is one of two national colors that the regiment used during its military service. This 34-star flag dates to 1863 (before West Virginia became a state) and was issued to the regiment by the New York Quartermaster Depot.
Shortly after recruitment in the summer of 1862, the Sixth Minnesota spent nearly two years in Minnesota. The regiment participated in battles against the Dakota Indians, including those at Birch Coulee (September 1862) and Wood Lake (September 1862), before going south in June 1864. Surrounded by malaria-infested swamps at Helena, Arkansas, the Sixth was almost devastated by disease before joining four other Minnesota regiments in the Mobile Campaign (March-April 1865).