National Colors of the 1st O.V.V.H.A.   Save
National Colors of the 1st O.V.V.H.A.
Description: Silk flag served as the national colors of the 1st Ohio Volunteer Heavy Artillery. The flag was manufactured in Cincinnati, Ohio, between 1863 and 1865. There are has 35 gold stars arranged in a grid pattern (seven rows of five stars) on a blue canton. The flag has thirteen alternating red and white stripes and gold fringe on its top, right, and bottom sides. Text in the flag's middle red stripe reads: "1st OHIO HEAVY ARTILLERY." The dimensions are 175 cm by 195cm. Ohio battle flags were on display at the Ohio Statehouse until the 1960s, when the state formed a committee to oversee the efforts to restore the fragile flags. Some of the battle flags were on display on the Plaza Level of the Ohio Historical Society from 1970 until 1989. For conservation reasons, the flags have been in storage since 1989. In the 1960s, the collection was photographed and commercial artist Robert Needham painted illustrations of many Civil War flags. Photographs of the flags and the paintings are now part of the society's archival collections. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: AL01808
Subjects: Flags--Ohio; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; Textile--silk; Civil War 1861-1865
Places: Cincinnati (Ohio); Hamilton County (Ohio)