Battle Flags of Minnesota.

8th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment - National Flag

This and a companion regimental flag were presented to the Eighth Minnesota at Paynesville, Minnesota, in May 1864, while the regiment was preparing for an expedition against the Dakota Indians. It was carried by the regiment until the end of the Civil War. The 34-star flag was obtained from the New York Quartermaster Depot.

Organized in the summer of 1862, the Eighth was immediately engaged in the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. They spent two years at frontier outposts and on military expeditions in Minnesota and Dakota Territory before heading south and aiding in the victory at Murfreesboro (December 1864). The regiment eventually joined Sherman's army in North Carolina (March 1865). By war's end, the Eighth had covered more territory than any other Minnesota regiment.