Guidon of the 1st O.V.L.A., Battery C   Save
Guidon of the 1st O.V.L.A., Battery C
Description: This is a photograph of a swallowtail guidon of 1st Ohio Light Artillery Regiment, Battery C, U.S. Volunteers. This swallowtail flag, with gold text reading "Ohio C" and crossed cannons is on a red field. The O.V.L.A. mustered in for war with Spain May 11, 1898 out of Zanesville, Ohio. Overall 20 officers and 708 enlisted men were commanded by Major Charles T. Atwell at Chickamauga, Georgia (also a Civil War site) with the loss of 13 soldiers. 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: AL02192
Subjects: Ceremonial artifact; Communication artifact; Military flags; Spanish-American War, 1898; 1st Regiment, Battery C, Ohio Volunteer Light Artillery; Statehouse--Ohio;
Places: Zanesville (Ohio); Muskingum County (Ohio)