Company B, 7th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment - National Flag
The regiment's colonel, Stephen Miller, frustrated by the delay of getting a stand of colors for the regiment through government channels and concerned they would be sent to war without them, wrote to John Mathews of Winona, Minnesota who had earlier offered to purchase a flag for Company B. He had the flag made by Tiffany and Co. for $100. Embroidered on a red stripe in silver was "Seventh Regiment Minnesota Volunteers". Only one row of embroidered silk stars is left of this once very distinguished flag.
The Seventh moved south after a year's service in the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. It saw action at Tupelo (July 1864), Nashville (December 1864), and in the Mobile Campaign (March April 1865). Like many Civil War regiments, the Seventh suffered greatly from the climate, lack of equipment, and illness.
At the Battle of Nashville, the Seventh Regiment's color guard received special mention in the official battle reports: "Cool and intrepid, they pushed steadily on through the terrific charges made upon the enemy, unmoved by the 'leaden rain and iron hail' which fell thickly around them, mindful only of the honorable duty of bearing the colors erect in the van of the fight."