11th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment - Regimental Flag
The 35 stars above the eagle helps date this color to after West Virginia became the 35th state in 1863. The elaborate red and gold scroll work is characteristics of flags made by the New York Quartermaster Depot Unlike most of the state's regimental flags, the ribbon on this one was never marked with the regiment's designation. Organized in 1864, the Eleventh 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 Confederate guerrilla bands so that troops and supplies for the Union army could pass unimpeded.