Guidon of 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery H and I   Save
Guidon of 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery H and I
Description: This flag is a silk guidon of 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery H and Battery I. The gold appliques of crossed cannons are an "I" above and an "H&quote below against a red field. At one time it was likely a swallowtail shape but has since been torn. Both Battery H and I mustered out of Cincinnati. President McKinley, a fellow Ohioan, issued the first call for volunteers on April 23, 1898. They easily filled Ohio's initial quota of six infantry regiments and four batteries of light artillery. The term of enlistment for volunteer troops in 1898 was for two years or until discharged. President McKinley and many other political and military leaders were Civil War veterans. They did not want to repeat the confusion that resulted in 1861 when volunteers responding to the first call for troops from President Lincoln enlisted for only three months and had to reenlist when it became clear that the war would last much longer. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: AL02193
Subjects: Ceremonial artifact; Communication artifact; Military flags; Flags--Ohio, Spanish American War 1898; 1st Regiment, Battery H, Battery I, Ohio Volunteer Light Artillery; Statehouse--Ohio;
Places: Cincinnati (Ohio); Hamilton County (Ohio)