: This red swallowtail Brigade Colors wool flag is of the 165th Infantry Brigade, 83rd Infantry Division of World War I. It was organized on August 25, 1917 at Camp Sherman, Ohio and demobilized February 12 1919 at Camp Sherman, Ohio. It is now a training unit of the United States Army. The flag is 128 cm high and the numbers, 165 and 83, are machine appliqued with white cotton fabric.
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.
: AL02250 Subjects
: Ceremonial artifact; Communication artifact; Military flags; Flags--Ohio; World War, 1914-1918; Textile--wool; Places
: Chillicothe (Ohio); Ross County (Ohio)